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Texas A&M rolls in opener

Johnny who? No. 21 Texas A&M, which lost 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel to the NFL in the offseason, showed no signs of missing him with a thumping 52-28 win at No. 9 South Carolina. A new star might have emerged, too, as quarterback Kenny Hill broke all sorts of school records on the night (he went 44-for-60 with 511 yards and three touchdowns). Is he for real? Are the Aggies?

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  • Which is more true about No. 21 Texas A&M's 52-28 win at No. 9 South Carolina on Thursday?

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  • Are the Texas A&M Aggies legitimate College Football Playoff contenders?

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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!

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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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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!

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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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