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Chip Patterson
Chip Patterson
Shoot Your Shot
Chip has covered college football, college basketball and golf for CBS Sports since 2010. He’s a high-volume shooter who loves to spray the board with a well-balanced mix of statistical insight, matchup-specific trends and a feel for the games built up from his experience as an analyst. February 2022 marked his debut as a SportsLine expert. You can also find him hosting the Cover 3 Podcast, contributing on CBS Sports HQ or dropping some of his favorite plays on SportsLine’s Early Edge, where he went 56-42 (57.1 percent) during the 2021 college football season. For Chip Patterson media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
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CFB | Alabama 49 @ Arkansas 26 | 10/01 | 7:30 PM UTC

Arkansas +17

LOSS

ANALYSIS: There has been a troubling trend for Alabama when it comes to performance in true road games. The Crimson Tide have been favored by double digits in all five of its true road games since the start of 2021, and failed to cover the spread in four of those games. Last year it was beating Florida by two as a 14-point favorite, losing to Texas A&M as an 18-point favorite and then a quadruple-overtime, two-point win at Auburn in the Iron Bowl. The trend continued with its one-point win at Texas, and I think it continues against a quality Arkansas team that proved last season it could hand with the Crimson Tide.

CFB | Washington 32 @ UCLA 40 | 10/01 | 2:30 AM UTC

Washington -3

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Washington is going to face a real test here in its first road game of the season, traveling to take on a 4-0 UCLA team that's got experience with Dorian Thompson-Robinson at quarterback and a proven running attack led by Zach Charbonnet. But while the Bruins have an offense capable of making this game competitive throughout I think the Huskies get the win. UCLA has not beaten a top-15 opponent since the start of the 2016 season, going 0-11 in that span including an 0-6 mark in the Chip Kelly era.

CFB | UTSA 45 @ Middle Tenn. 30 | 09/30 | 11:30 PM UTC

OVER 64

WIN

ANALYSIS: UTSA quarterback Frank Harris is one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the country, and I think while Middle Tennessee was able to hold Miami to just 1.6 yards per carry it won't be able to bottle up Harris and the Road Runners offense quite as well. But Middle Tennessee should be able to score a good bit too against a UTSA defense that ranks No. 112 nationally in total defense.

+80 3-2-2 IN LAST 7 CFB O/U PICKS

CFB | Notre Dame 45 @ North Carolina 32 | 09/24 | 7:30 PM UTC

North Carolina -1.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: North Carolina has the better quarterback, better pass catchers and is playing at home after a week off to prepare while Notre Dame limps in after dodging an upset scare at the hands of Cal last week. The Fighting Irish defense is strong enough to keep Drake Maye from putting 40 on the board, but I think the Tar Heels might only need 30 to win considering the limitations of this Notre Dame offense.

CFB | Clemson 51 @ Wake Forest 45 | 09/24 | 4:00 PM UTC

Clemson -7

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Clemson has won 13 straight in this series, including every meeting since 2012 by double digits. Wake Forest has been one of the most consistent programs in the division over the last five years, but this regime is still looking for its first win against the Tigers. The primary issue has been Clemson's advantage at the line of scrimmage, especially when Wake Forest is trying to get its explosive offense into a rhythm against an elite Clemson defensive front. The Tigers disrupt timing and force negative plays, and while Clemson's offense has been slow-starting the defense looks up to the task of asserting its dominance again.