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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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      82%
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  • Which team will win the Big 12?

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      4%
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      54%
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      10%
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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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  • 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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  • Which is the best conference in college football?

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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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The 2014 college football season has arrived, and the Pac-12 figures to be one of the strongest -- if not the strongest -- conferences in the nation. How do the teams stack up against one another? Click on the logos below to set your rankings!

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

2014 Pac-12 football teams

Arizona

Arizona

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Pac-12: 4-5

Arizona State

Arizona State

2013 overall: 10-4
2013 Pac-12: 8-1

California

California

2013 overall: 1-11
2013 Pac-12: 0-9

Colorado

Colorado

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 Pac-12: 1-8

Oregon

Oregon

2013 overall: 11-2
2013 Pac-12: 7-2

Oregon State

Oregon State

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 Pac-12: 4-5

Stanford

Stanford

2013 overall: 11-3
2013 Pac-12: 7-2

UCLA

UCLA

2013 overall: 10-3
2013 Pac-12: 6-3

USC

USC

2013 overall: 10-4
2013 Pac-12: 6-3

Utah

Utah

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 Pac-12: 2-7

Washington

Washington

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 Pac-12: 5-4

Washington State

Washington State

2013 overall: 6-7
2013 Pac-12: 4-5

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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.

What do you make of USC football hiring Steve Sarkisian as head coach?

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  • Who would have been the best choice for USC football's new head coach?

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  • When will USC next contend for a national title?

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      60%

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  • How much credit would you give Steve Sarkisian for USC's 22-3 record when he was offensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008?

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      27%
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      73%

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  • Would you want Ed Orgeron to coach your favorite college football team?

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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?

  • Do you agree with USC firing Lane Kiffin?

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      62%
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  • How much did USC's sanctions impact Lane Kiffin's firing?

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      28%
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      53%
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      19%

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  • Which was a bigger factor in USC firing Lane Kiffin?

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      85%
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      15%

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  • What do you think of USC firing Lane Kiffin at the airport?

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      54%
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      46%

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  • Which fan base do you think was happier to hear of Lane Kiffin's firing?

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      52%
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      48%

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  • Will Lane Kiffin get another head coaching job?

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      50%

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  • Is Ed Orgeron the right choice as interim coach at USC?

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      69%
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      31%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,213)

  • Which of these rumored replacements would be the best for USC?

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  • How long will it be before USC wins another national title?

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      19%
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      31%
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      15%
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    Discuss (Total votes: 12,710)

  • Which college football team owns Los Angeles?

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      55%
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      45%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,824)

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