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Matchup: Georgia State Panthers @ Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: Thursday, November 18th, 7:30 ET
Location: Bryant Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Game Line: Alabama -55.5
Over/Under OTB

For those of you that have an account at 5Dimes Sportsbook have college football betting lines available to you in this game. For those of you that don't, be sure to Sign Up for An Account to take advantage of this game. We know that the Crimson Tide have a significantly better squad than the Panthers do, but really and truthfully… how interested is Alabama in winning this game on the eve of the Iron Bowl against the No. 2 Auburn Tigers at home? To Georgia State, this game means everything. This is a situation where you have a team that has overachieved at the FCS level all season long, going 6-4 in its first year in existence under a head coach that used to graze the sidelines in Tuscaloosa. It's going to be no surprise to see Alabama jump out to a 35-0 lead at halftime or something like that, but it is really only going to take a stroke of genius or two by the Panthers offense to be able to take down the college football odds against a number like this.

Free College Football Picks: Georgia State +55.5
Prediction: Alabama 51 – Georgia State 7

Matchup: UCLA Bruins @ Washington Huskies
Date: Thursday, November 18th, 8:00 ET
Location: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
Game Line: Washington -2
Over/Under 53

Here, we have a game of significant interest for Pac-10 fans, as this game is going to determine who is still going to be eligible to go bowling, and who is probably just playing out the end of the regular season without having any shot at a December date with a team from another conference. UCLA knows that it still has some give, but it probably isn't winning both of its last two games at the Arizona State Sun Devils and at home against the USC Trojans, so claiming victory here in Seattle is imperative. The "Pistol" offense is in full force right now for UCLA, as HC Rick Neuheisel has become smart enough to realize that he doesn't have a quarterback that is really capable of throwing the football, especially with QB Kevin Prince on the sidelines. After all, QB Richard Brehaut has only tossed two TD passes all season long, and he has taken plenty of snaps. RB Johnathan Franklin is the real deal, as he is one good game away from being a 1,000 yard rusher on the season. However, UCLA's defense is a real concern in this one. QB Jake Locker knows that the Bruins are there for the taking, especially since this is the last home game of his career. He has never been to a bowl game before and would love to sniff a meaningful December game before he leaves school for the NFL. RB Chris Polk could really torch this defense as well, as he is the forgotten man in this offense. Washington needs to win out, but it will be favored in two of its last three games, and potentially in all three. This will be the first big step for U-Dub, as it has had a far more consistent team this year than the 4-5 Bruins, who just seem to squeak by and take advantage of great situations.

Free College Football Picks: Washington -2
Prediction: Washington 28 – UCLA 23

Matchup: Air Force Falcons @ UNLV Rebels
Date: Thursday, November 18th, 10:00 ET
Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Game Line: UNLV +19.5
Over/Under 56.5

The key statistic to look at in this game is very, very simple. The Rebels are allowing 211.9 yards per game on the ground. The Falcons are averaging rushing for 315.6 yards per game. The TCU Horned Frogs rushed for over 270 yards on UNLV. The West Virginia Mountaineers put up 220 yards. Heck, the Nevada Wolf Pack dropped 374. What do you think Air Force is going to do? 400? 450? One thing is for certain, and that's that the Falcons are going to be able to call their shot in this game. The Rebels are terrible. They have only beaten two teams this season in the MWC that are equally terrible, the New Mexico Lobos and Wyoming Cowboys. Air Force already has seven wins this year, and though a bowl game is already assured, the Independence Bowl wants to take the service academy. This would probably be the most illustrious bowl game that the Falcons have played in for years, and losing this game is just not an option. Especially in a standalone game that the eyes of the nation will be watching, you can bet that RB Asher Clark and QB Tim Jefferson are going to make sure that the job gets done in relatively comfortable fashion.

Free College Football Picks: Air Force -19.5
Prediction: Air Force 41 – UNLV 16

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com 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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