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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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      7%
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      82%
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      4%
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      2%
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      5%

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  • Which team will win the Big 12?

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      26%
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      4%
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      54%
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      10%
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      6%

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  • Which team will win the Big Ten?

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      50%
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      7%
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      15%
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      17%
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      11%

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  • Which team will win the Pac-12?

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      59%
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      16%
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      15%
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      7%
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      3%

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  • Which team will win the SEC?

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      43%
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      12%
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      15%
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      19%
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      11%

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  • Which is the best conference in college football?

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      7%
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      7%
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      12%
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      17%
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      57%

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

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      17%
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      19%
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      22%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 113,633)

  • Who will win the Heisman Trophy?

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      26%
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      21%
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      53%

    Discuss (Total votes: 54,366)

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

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      23%
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      37%
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      40%

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  • Which team will win the college football national championship?

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      18%
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      19%
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      12%
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      5%
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      46%

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Michigan State toppled Ohio State in last season's Big Ten title game. Now the Buckeyes will miss quarterback Braxton Miller for the whole season. Are the Spartans still the class of the conference? Click on the logos below to set your rankings!

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

2014 Big Ten football teams

Illinois

Illinois

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 Big Ten: 1-7

Indiana

Indiana

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 Big Ten: 3-5

Iowa

Iowa

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big Ten: 5-3

Maryland

Maryland

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

Michigan

Michigan

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 Big Ten: 3-5

Michigan State

Michigan State

2013 overall: 13-1
2013 Big Ten: 8-0

Minnesota

Minnesota

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big Ten: 4-4

Nebraska

Nebraska

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 Big Ten: 5-3

Northwestern

Northwestern

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 Big Ten: 1-7

Ohio State

Ohio State

2013 overall: 12-2
2013 Big Ten: 8-0

Penn State

Penn State

2013 overall: 7-5
2013 Big Ten: 4-4

Purdue

Purdue

2013 overall: 1-11
2013 Big Ten: 0-8

Rutgers

Rutgers

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

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 Big Ten: 6-2

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Michigan State toppled Ohio State in last season's Big Ten title game. Are the Spartans still the class of the conference? Click on the logos below to set your rankings!

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

2014 Big Ten football teams

Illinois

Illinois

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 Big Ten: 1-7

Indiana

Indiana

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 Big Ten: 3-5

Iowa

Iowa

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big Ten: 5-3

Maryland

Maryland

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

Michigan

Michigan

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 Big Ten: 3-5

Michigan State

Michigan State

2013 overall: 13-1
2013 Big Ten: 8-0

Minnesota

Minnesota

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big Ten: 4-4

Nebraska

Nebraska

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 Big Ten: 5-3

Northwestern

Northwestern

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 Big Ten: 1-7

Ohio State

Ohio State

2013 overall: 12-2
2013 Big Ten: 8-0

Penn State

Penn State

2013 overall: 7-5
2013 Big Ten: 4-4

Purdue

Purdue

2013 overall: 1-11
2013 Big Ten: 0-8

Rutgers

Rutgers

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

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 Big Ten: 6-2

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Northwestern gets union vote

In a landmark -- and to many, surprising -- moment, the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that Northwestern football players qualify as employees of the university and can vote to unionize. The school will appeal, although ESPN's Lester Munson says it faces an uphill battle to win. Do you agree with the union movement? Are student-athletes actually employees? Cast your votes below!

Are you in favor of members of the Northwestern University football team attempting to unionize?

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    43%
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    57%

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  • Do you consider college football players employees?

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      31%
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      69%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,449)

  • Will Northwestern's football team vote to unionize?

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      73%
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      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,919)

  • Should college athletes be allowed to profit off their own names?

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      70%
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      30%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,725)

  • Should college athletes be paid?

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      38%
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      62%

    Discuss (Total votes: 39,069)

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A union for college athletes?

Though its football team has found respectability under Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern is more known for academics than athletics. Now certain current and former Wildcats are seeking to become the first members of a union in the history of college sports. Kain Colter testified Tuesday in the first day of an NLRB hearing that will determine whether the group can unionize. How do you feel about the issue?

  • What do you make of Northwestern University football players seeking to be represented by a labor union?

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      47%
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      53%

    Discuss (Total votes: 27,756)

  • Should college athletes be paid?

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      42%
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      58%

    Discuss (Total votes: 29,378)

  • Should college athletes be allowed to profit off their own names?

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      77%
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      23%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,572)

  • How important is amateurism to your enjoyment of college athletics?

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      45%
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      26%
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      29%

    Discuss (Total votes: 146,135)

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