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Jerry Palm
Jerry Palm
Jerry Palm was the first to bring RPI out in the open and is one of the pioneers of predicting the March Madness bracket. After tracking it for more than 20 years, he understands the NCAA Tournament selection process as well as those involved in setting the bracket. When the BCS was created in 1998, Jerry brought that same statistical and analytical know-how to football. That continued with the BCS's evolution into the College Football Playoff. Now, Jerry is showcasing that expertise on SportsLine. For Jerry Palm media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
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CFB | Fresno St. 14 @ UConn 19 | 10/01 | 7:30 PM UTC

Fresno St. -23

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Fresno State is making the long trip East to take on the Huskies. The Bulldogs are prolific offensively and taking on a team giving up 45 points per game to FBS opponents. Fresno State should manage at least that many and unless it gives UConn more than it has scored yet this season in those FBS games, the Bulldogs should cover easily.

+90 2-1 IN LAST 3 CFB ATS PICKS

CFB | Arizona St. 25 @ USC 42 | 10/02 | 2:30 AM UTC

USC -25.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: It was a rough night in Corvallis last week, but the Trojans escaped with a 17-14 win over Oregon State. That is a pretty good Beavers team that is flying under the radar. This week, USC gets rudderless Arizona State and the Trojans' offense should be able to get back into high gear. The Sun Devils will get a little joy, but they should not be able to keep within four touchdowns of USC.

+90 2-1 IN LAST 3 CFB ATS PICKS

CFB | Texas A&M 24 @ Miss. State 42 | 10/01 | 8:00 PM UTC

UNDER 45.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Texas A&M wins games by shutting down the opposition and hoping its offense can manage enough points to win. The Aggies have an average score of 18-16 in their three FBS games so far. Now, they are without their top receiver Ainias Smith, who is out for the season with a leg injury suffered last week. Mississippi State’s offense has not really been tested yet, but the Bulldogs only managed 16 points on the road at LSU. The total in this game is too high.

+90 2-1 IN LAST 3 CFB O/U PICKS

CFB | Wake Forest 31 @ Florida State 21 | 10/01 | 7:30 PM UTC

Wake Forest +6.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: I have to admit, this line caught me by surprise. Florida State is undefeated, but not overly impressive. They blocked an extra point to excape LSU and only beat Louisville by four. Wake Forest has an explosive offense, one that can even vex a very good Clemson defense. I almost picked this for my upset of the week, but instead, I will happily take the Demon Deacons and the points.

+90 2-1 IN LAST 3 CFB ATS PICKS

CFB | Iowa St. 11 @ Kansas 14 | 10/01 | 7:30 PM UTC

Kansas +3

WIN

ANALYSIS: One of the best stories in college football will probably get better this week. Kansas is off to its best start since 2009, which was the last season the Jayhawks won more than three games. Their explosive offense will get more of a test against Iowa State, but the Cyclones will not be able to keep up with QB Jalon Daniels and the Jayhawks attack. The wrong team is favored here.

+90 2-1 IN LAST 3 CFB ATS PICKS
+300 3-0 IN LAST 3 IOWAST ATS PICKS