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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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For the second straight season, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner returns to college football ... as a redshirt sophomore. But will Jameis Winston do what Johnny Manziel could not and win two in a row? Or will someone else get in the way? Ohio State's Braxton Miller, a popular preseason challenger, is out for the year, but that doesn't mean there aren't strong candidates. Click on the images to set your Heisman Watch rankings!

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2014 Heisman Watch

Ameer Abdullah

Ameer Abdullah

Nebraska RB

Mike Davis

Mike Davis

South Carolina RB

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

Wisconsin RB

Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley

Georgia RB

Brett Hundley

Brett Hundley

UCLA QB

Duke Johnson

Duke Johnson

Miami (FL) RB

Trevor Knight

Trevor Knight

Oklahoma QB

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota

Oregon QB

Nick Marshall

Nick Marshall

Auburn QB

Bryce Petty

Bryce Petty

Baylor QB

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

Florida State QB

T.J. Yeldon

T.J. Yeldon

Alabama RB

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For the second straight season, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner returns to college football ... as a redshirt sophomore. But will Jameis Winston do what Johnny Manziel could not and win two in a row? Or will other high-profile QBs (Marcus Mariota, Braxton Miller, Todd Hundley et al.) or running backs (Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon and others) get in the way? Click on the images to set your preseason Heisman Watch rankings!

More: Rank the QBs | Rank the Top 25 | Rank the conferences

2014 Heisman Watch

Ameer Abdullah

Ameer Abdullah

Nebraska RB

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

Wisconsin RB

Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley

Georgia RB

Brett Hundley

Brett Hundley

UCLA QB

Duke Johnson

Duke Johnson

Miami (FL) RB

Trevor Knight

Trevor Knight

Oklahoma QB

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota

Oregon QB

Nick Marshall

Nick Marshall

Auburn QB

Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller

Ohio State QB

Bryce Petty

Bryce Petty

Baylor QB

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

Florida State QB

T.J. Yeldon

T.J. Yeldon

Alabama RB

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We don't have to tell you what happened in last season's Iron Bowl. Has Alabama rebounded enough to be considered the top team in the SEC? Or is Auburn the best until further notice? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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

2014 SEC football teams

Alabama

Alabama

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

Arkansas

Arkansas

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

Auburn

Auburn

2013 overall: 12-2
2013 SEC: 7-1

Florida

Florida

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 SEC: 3-5

Georgia

Georgia

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 SEC: 5-3

Kentucky

Kentucky

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

LSU

LSU

2013 overall: 10-3
2013 SEC: 5-3

Mississippi State

Mississippi State

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

Missouri

Missouri

2013 overall: 12-2
2013 SEC: 7-1

Ole Miss

Ole Miss

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 SEC: 3-5

South Carolina

South Carolina

2013 overall: 11-2
2013 SEC: 6-2

Tennessee

Tennessee

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 SEC: 2-6

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 SEC: 4-4

Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 SEC: 4-4

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CFB: (2) Oregon at (16) Washington

What a weekend for the Washington Huskies, who almost pulled the upset at No. 5 Stanford. Now, all Steve Sarkisian's team must do is brush off the disappointment -- and the fake-injury controversy -- to face what might be the most impressive team in the nation this season. Yep, the Oregon Ducks just keep flying; they haven't scored less than 55, nor have they allowed more than 16. Yikes.

  • Which team will win Saturday's game at Washington?

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      76%
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      24%

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  • How will Washington's 31-28 loss at Stanford affect the Huskies this weekend?

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      43%
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      24%
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      33%

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  • Who is the best running back?

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      8%
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      27%
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      65%

    Discuss (Total votes: 4,365)

  • Will Oregon play in the BCS national championship game?

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      70%
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      30%

    Discuss (Total votes: 4,335)

  • Washington coach Steve Sarkisian accused Stanford of faking injuries late, a claim Cardinal coach David Shaw denied. How much faking of injuries goes on in college?

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      39%
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      58%
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      3%

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  • How many games will Oregon lose this season (not counting bowls)?

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      100%

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