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College Football Rankings: Jerry Palm Has USC No. 2, Projected To Win Out

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports provided quite the fodder for public discussion as the resident BCS guru for CBS still has the USC Trojans ranked No. 2 in his rankings despite the Trojans falling out of the top 10 in both the Associated Press College Football Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Palm's rankings are set up differently than the weekly updated rankings on most websites. His are set up to predict where teams will finish at the end of the season, which doesn't always tie-in with how teams are currently faring. This is how USC could suffer a loss and still be No. 2 in his rankings.

Palm still sees the Trojans running the table the rest of the way, giving them one loss and the opportunity to play join the LSU Tigers as the top two ranked teams at the end of the season. Palm has the consensus No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 5 because it is predicted the Crimson Tide will fall to the Tigers in their regular season matchup. If LSU is the only undefeated team at the end of the season, USC could still sneak into the top two spots due to how early their loss came and who they lost to.

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