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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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  • 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%

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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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      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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Penn State hires James Franklin

James Franklin is the next football head coach at Penn State. Franklin recently led Vanderbilt to three straight bowl games during his three-year tenure, winning two of them and forming the Commodores into a team to be reckoned with. He'll have the usual host of challenges in Happy Valley, but given the turmoil the program has experienced over the past few years, he'll really have to be on his game to bring the Nittany Lions another title.

Will James Franklin be a good fit as head coach at Penn State?

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    73%
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    27%

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  • How will Penn State perform under James Franklin compared to how it performed under Bill O'Brien?

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      20%
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      40%
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      30%
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      8%
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      2%

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  • Will Penn State ever contend for a national title under James Franklin?

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      50%
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      50%

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  • Which would have been the better move for James Franklin?

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      29%
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      71%

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  • Which of the following was the best hire?

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      38%
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      32%
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      22%
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      8%

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Penn St. getting scholarships back

The NCAA says it will gradually restore the 20 football scholarships it took away from Penn State over its handling of child sex abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. For some, the return of five scholarships per season won't go far enough. For others, any lessening of the sanctions is wrong. Did the NCAA do the right thing? Should it consider reducing other penalties against the Nittany Lions?

Do you approve of the NCAA restoring five football scholarships per season at Penn State?

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    39%
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    34%
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    27%

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  • Overall, has the NCAA treated Penn State fairly throughout the Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal?

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      30%
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      70%

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  • What's your opinion of the NCAA given its decision to gradually restore football scholarships at Penn State?

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      16%
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      29%
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      10%
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      7%
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      38%

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  • Which other penalties against Penn State should the NCAA reduce or lift?

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      39%
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      6%
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      35%
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      20%

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  • Will Penn State ever be an elite football program again?

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      16%
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      40%
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      30%
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      14%

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