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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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      19%
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      22%
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  • Who will win the Heisman Trophy?

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      26%
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      21%
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      53%

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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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      19%
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      12%
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      5%
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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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Who will win the Orange Bowl?

A January trip to South Florida should not be played down, but it'd be hard to believe the two Orange Bowl teams aren't a little disappointed with their postseason destination. Clemson entered the year eager to prove itself a title-caliber team, only to see that dream shattered by a crushing defeat to Florida State in October. Ohio State got even further, needing a win over Michigan State in the Big Ten title game to earn a trip to the BCS championship contest (needless to say, the Buckeyes didn't get it). Still, if these two teams show up motivated, it could be quite the shootout.

Which team will win the Discover Orange Bowl? (Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

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    57%
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    43%

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  • Which team will be more motivated?

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  • Both teams are averaging more than 40 points per game. Will either get there in the Orange Bowl?

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  • Which team has the better offense?

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  • Which team has the better defense?

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      56%
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  • Who is the better quarterback?

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  • Who is the better skill position player?

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      46%
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      54%

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  • Who is the better coach?

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      16%

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  • Will Ohio State or Clemson play in the national championship game in the next five years?

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      59%
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      27%

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Florida State and Auburn are facing off for the BCS National Championship. But does that mean they're the two best teams playing in BCS games? Click on the boxes to rank the teams playing in college football's five biggest postseason contests!

Vote: Which teams will win the BCS bowls?

BCS bowl teams

Alabama

Alabama

Matchup: Sugar vs. Oklahoma

Auburn

Auburn

Matchup: Championship Game vs. Florida State

Baylor

Baylor

Matchup: Fiesta vs. UCF

Clemson

Clemson

Matchup: Orange vs. Ohio State

Florida State

Florida State

Matchup: Championship Game vs. Auburn

Michigan State

Michigan State

Matchup: Rose vs. Stanford

Ohio State

Ohio State

Matchup: Orange vs. Clemson

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Matchup: Sugar vs. Alabama

Stanford

Stanford

Matchup: Rose vs. Michigan State

UCF

UCF

Matchup: Fiesta vs. Baylor

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CFB: (5) Florida St. at (3) Clemson

Tajh Boyd and the Clemson Tigers entered the season with national-title hopes. Florida State and redshirt freshman Jameis Winston? Not quite. But here they are in Week 8, a pair of top-five teams faced with what might be a BCS championship elimination game. FSU hasn't won at Clemson since 2001. Will the untested Winston be able to handle the pressure?

Which team will win Saturday's game at Clemson? (8 p.m. ET, ABC)

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    48%
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  • Who has the edge at QB on Saturday?

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  • Which unit has the advantage?

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      59%
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  • How much will Florida State's bye week help it against Clemson?

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  • How much should Clemson fans be worried about the Tigers' unconvincing win over Boston College last week?

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  • How much will the atmosphere at Clemson affect Florida State QB Jameis Winston?

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      34%
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      48%
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      18%

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  • Will the winner of the Florida State-Clemson game play for the BCS National Championship?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 9,015)

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