SportsNation Blog ArchivesSN Blog Archives Duke Blue Devils

USA TODAY Sports

2014 college football predictions

The 2014 college football season -- aka Year 1 of the College Football Playoff -- is upon us, with Texas A&M thumping South Carolina on a night of Thursday kickoffs. Johnny Manziel is gone, but reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston still is here. So are a good number of other Florida State Seminoles who helped the team to last season's national championship. Will they repeat? Who will win the conferences? Cast your votes below!

More: Rank: Top 25 | Rank: Conferences | Rank: Heisman candidates | Rank: QBs

  • Which team will win the ACC?

    •  
      7%
    •  
      82%
    •  
      4%
    •  
      2%
    •  
      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,284)

  • Which team will win the Big 12?

    •  
      26%
    •  
      4%
    •  
      54%
    •  
      10%
    •  
      6%

    Discuss (Total votes: 25,827)

  • Which team will win the Big Ten?

    •  
      50%
    •  
      7%
    •  
      15%
    •  
      17%
    •  
      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 55,697)

  • Which team will win the Pac-12?

    •  
      59%
    •  
      16%
    •  
      15%
    •  
      7%
    •  
      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 25,510)

  • Which team will win the SEC?

    •  
      43%
    •  
      12%
    •  
      15%
    •  
      19%
    •  
      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 68,623)

  • Which is the best conference in college football?

    •  
      7%
    •  
      7%
    •  
      12%
    •  
      17%
    •  
      57%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,076)

  • Which of these AP top-four teams is least likely to reach the College Football Playoff?

    •  
      17%
    •  
      19%
    •  
      22%
    •  
      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 113,633)

  • Who will win the Heisman Trophy?

    •  
      26%
    •  
      21%
    •  
      53%

    Discuss (Total votes: 54,366)

  • How much controversy will the four-team playoff system draw compared to the BCS system?

    •  
      23%
    •  
      37%
    •  
      40%

    Discuss (Total votes: 192,047)

  • Which team will win the college football national championship?

    •  
      18%
    •  
      19%
    •  
      12%
    •  
      5%
    •  
      46%

    Discuss (Total votes: 393,424)

Comment »

Florida State is the defending national champion. That means the Seminoles have to be No. 1 in the ACC ... right? Click on the logos below to rank the conference's teams!

More: Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC | Top 25 | Rank the conferences

2014 ACC football teams

Boston College

Boston College

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 ACC: 4-4

Clemson

Clemson

2013 overall: 11-2
2013 ACC: 7-1

Duke

Duke

2013 overall: 10-4
2013 ACC: 6-2

Florida State

Florida State

2013 overall: 14-0
2013 ACC: 8-0

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 ACC: 5-3

Louisville

Louisville

2013 overall: 12-1
2013 American: 7-1

Miami (FL)

Miami (FL)

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 ACC: 5-3

North Carolina

North Carolina

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 ACC: 4-4

NC State

NC State

2013 overall: 3-9
2013 ACC: 0-8

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 ACC: 3-5

Syracuse

Syracuse

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 ACC: 4-4

Virginia

Virginia

2013 overall: 2-10
2013 ACC: 0-8

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 ACC: 5-3

Wake Forest

Wake Forest

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 ACC: 2-6

Your Rankings

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

ACC -- Duke vs. Florida State

For the first time this season, thanks to Alabama's stunning late loss to Auburn, the Florida State Seminoles are No. 1 in the BCS standings. All they must do to stay there and play for the national title in Pasadena: Beat upstart Duke in the ACC championship game Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. It seems like a walkover; FSU's narrowest margin of victory was 14 points (Sept. 28 at Boston College), while David Cutcliffe's Blue Devils have squeaked their way -- at least some of the time -- to eight straight victories (they did not play FSU in the regular season). Will the Seminoles dominate?

  • Which team will win the ACC championship game in Charlotte, N.C.?

    •  
      24%
    •  
      76%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,154)

  • Florida State is an early 29-point favorite over Duke. What do you make of the spread?

    •  
      48%
    •  
      37%
    •  
      15%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,712)

  • Which of these potential national championship matchups would you most like to see?

    •  
      41%
    •  
      50%
    •  
      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 68,786)

  • Who has done a better coaching job this season?

    •  
      52%
    •  
      48%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,569)

  • Who is the better receiver?

    •  
      36%
    •  
      64%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,161)

  • What do you make of Duke's 2013 season?

    •  
      44%
    •  
      56%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,548)

Comment »

The college football season is here, and we want to know which team tops your ACC Power Rankings. Is No. 8 Clemson the team to beat in the conference? How will No. 11 Florida State fare this season? Submit your rankings below! Pick at least FIVE teams to vote.

More: Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

2013 ACC football teams

Boston College

Boston College

2012 overall: 2-10
2012 ACC: 1-7

Clemson

Clemson

2012 overall: 11-2
2012 ACC: 7-1

Duke

Duke

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 ACC: 3-5

Florida State

Florida State

2012 overall: 12-2
2012 ACC: 7-1

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

2012 overall: 7-7
2012 ACC: 5-3

Maryland

Maryland

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 ACC: 2-6

Miami (FL)

Miami (FL)

2012 overall: 7-5
2012 ACC: 5-3

North Carolina

North Carolina

2012 overall: 8-4
2012 ACC: 5-3

NC State

NC State

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 ACC: 4-4

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 ACC: N/A (3-4 Big East)

Syracuse

Syracuse

2012 overall: 8-5
2012 ACC: N/A (5-2 Big East)

Virginia

Virginia

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 ACC: 2-6

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 ACC: 4-4

Wake Forest

Wake Forest

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 ACC: 3-5

Your Rankings

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

Comment »

With ACC media day approaching, it's time to take a look at this newly expanded conference and rank its best teams. Will Florida State and Clemson maintain their stronghold at the top? Will Miami make a big jump? And what to make of new additions Pittsburgh and Syracuse?

2013 ACC football teams

Boston College

Boston College

2012 overall: 2-10
2012 ACC: 1-7

Clemson

Clemson

2012 overall: 11-2
2012 ACC: 7-1

Duke

Duke

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 ACC: 3-5

Florida State

Florida State

2012 overall: 12-2
2012 ACC: 7-1

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

2012 overall: 7-7
2012 ACC: 5-3

Maryland

Maryland

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 ACC: 2-6

Miami (FL)

Miami (FL)

2012 overall: 7-5
2012 ACC: 5-3

North Carolina

North Carolina

2012 overall: 8-4
2012 ACC: 5-3

NC State

NC State

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 ACC: 4-4

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 ACC: N/A (3-4 Big East)

Syracuse

Syracuse

2012 overall: 8-5
2012 ACC: N/A (5-2 Big East)

Virginia

Virginia

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 ACC: 2-6

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 ACC: 4-4

Wake Forest

Wake Forest

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 ACC: 3-5

Your Rankings

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.