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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?

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  • Which team will win the Big 12?

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  • Which team will win the Big Ten?

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  • Which team will win the Pac-12?

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  • Which team will win the SEC?

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  • Which is the best conference in college football?

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

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  • Who will win the Heisman Trophy?

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

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  • Which team will win the college football national championship?

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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

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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

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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

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Colt McCoy has thrown five interceptions in four games. Tim Tebow has completed 19 passes against non-FCS opponents. And yet it's not all that easy to argue against the two of them splitting all 15 first-place votes in this week's ESPN.com Heisman Watch.

SportsNation tried to branch out in its rankings last week, giving the Heisman nod to Cal running back Jahvid Best, only to see him go silent in a bad loss at Oregon. Voters also ranked Jacory Harris third a week ago, ahead of McCoy. Miami's quarterback rewarded that faith by floundering at Virginia Tech.

So will this be strictly a two-person race, or is there room for more at the top?

Chaz (Chicago)

Is it possible that Jimmy Clausen is underrated? His numbers are amazing. His performance has been top drawer in every game this year. And he's proving to be one tough competitor playing w/ a tough injury for QBs. Yet, no one is talking about him for the Heisman-- when he should be in the conversation.

Mark Schlabach
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He earned a lot of my respect Saturday night by going back into the game with the toe injury and throwing the winning TD. His numbers have been great. He'd probably be in my top five today, but the Irish couldn't lose another game for him to stay there. Full transcript.

lazarre11

Mardy Gilyard for heisman, how many diffrent ways does the kid has to score to get some heisman buzz. Do they want him to teleport to the endzone? He is by far the most exciting player to watch since young & bush.

-- lazarre11
bodhisamaya

Tebow has less than impressive numbers and is a runaway Heisman favorite? The Gators would be dominant with or without him. He is getting far too much credit for the talent around him.

-- bodhisamaya

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