NCAA Football Odds: Week 12 Thursday College Football Picks 11/17

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Two ranked teams that are clinging to BCS bowl hopes this year are going to lock horns on Thursday night for NCAA football picks, and we are set to make our calls on the big games of the midweek.

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Week 12 College Football Matchup: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles @ UAB Blazers
Date: Thursday, November 17th, 8:00 ET
Location: Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
College Football Lines: Southern Miss -23
Week 12 College Football TV Schedule: CBS College Sports

The Golden Eagles have themselves a heck of an opportunity for the rest of this season, as they still have a chance to make the BCS party if they can win out and win Conference USA, especially if it comes against an undefeated Houston team. They rank in the Top 40 in literally every single major category on both sides of the ball, something that very few teams can claim. QB Austin Davis is likely two games away from throwing for 3,000 yards this year, and though there isn’t a back on the team that has more than 545 yards, five have at least 225 yards on the ground. That being said, the last time that we saw UAB in a spot like this one, the team was pulling off an upset right here at Legion Field over UCF. We don’t think that the men from Birmingham are going to get the job done to quite that extent on Thursday, but we do think that they can hang with an SMS club that had to defend a two point conversion against that same UCF team just to keep control of its own destiny in the East Division of C-USA.

Week 12 NCAA Football Pick: UAB +23

Week 12 College Football Matchup: North Carolina Tar Heels @ Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Thursday, November 17th, 8:00 ET
Location: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
College Football Lines: Virginia Tech -11
Week 12 College Football TV Schedule: ESPN

The argument really could be made that the Hokies are one of the best five or so teams in the country this year. Remember that they really just put up one incredible dud game against Clemson, and that’s the only thing separating them from a potential shot at the National Championship. So naturally, you’d like to think that we would be taking V-Tech in this one, right? Maybe not so fast. The Tar Heels are a bowl team this year for sure, and though they are only 2-4 in conference play, they have some real talent. The offense isn’t going to be shut out as it was two weeks ago against the NC State Wolfpack, and we have to remember that this is a team that nearly won at Georgia Tech and challenged for quite awhile at Clemson. RB Giovani Bernard has already accounted for 12 TDs on the season, and he is averaging over 100 yards per game on the ground by himself. On the other side of the ball, the team is allowing just 108.3 yards per game on the ground, which could make V-Tech a bit of a one-dimensional team. This is the biggest game of the year for the Heels, and we expect them to play like it. Don’t be surprised if this game ends up being a whole heck of a lot closer than Head Coach Frank Beamer was hoping in this potential hangover spot.

Week 12 NCAA Football Pick: North Carolina +11

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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