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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!
Steve Sarkisian hired at USC
Steve Sarkisian is renowned for turning around a Washington program that was 0-12 the season prior to his arrival, so his new position as USC football head coach should seem like a much easier job. Sarkisian is taking over a program that experienced a significant boost after firing Lane Kiffin -- interim coach Ed Orgeron utilized the Trojans' talent well on the way to a 6-2 post-Kiffin record. A simple return to respectability won't be enough for Sarkisian, however -- he'll be expected to make the Trojans annual contenders for the national championship, and fast.
Despite the school's struggles during the brief Lane Kiffin era, USC is still a desirable destination for coaches who want to try to establish a dynasty. Increasingly, it's been looking like USC might not have to look far in its search. Interim coach Ed Orgeron has the team on a 5-1 run since he took over in late September. Orgeron expressed his interest in the position in an interview, but he may have to contend with at least one other big name -- Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio, an alum who interviewed with the Trojans during Denver's bye week.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
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What is next for USC football?
Unsatisfied with the 3-2 start to the season, USC fired head coach Lane Kiffin upon returning home after Saturday's 62-41 loss to Arizona State. Some felt Kiffin was already on the hot seat entering the season, and the lackluster first five games and losses in recruiting sealed his fate. However, a mid-season firing is rare and the full-time replacement is still unknown. How will USC rebound?