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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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  • Which team will win the Big 12?

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  • Which team will win the Big Ten?

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  • Which team will win the Pac-12?

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  • Which team will win the SEC?

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  • Which is the best conference in college football?

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  • Which of these AP top-four teams is least likely to reach the College Football Playoff?

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  • Who will win the Heisman Trophy?

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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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  • Which team will win the college football national championship?

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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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Washington hires Chris Petersen

The coaching carousel turns, and it's Boise State's turn to lose a head coach. Chris Petersen, who brought the Broncos to national relevance during his tenure, has reportedly been hired as Washington's head coach, replacing new USC coach Steve Sarkisian. Petersen takes over a program that has been respectable in the past few years, but will he be able to turn them into a true contender?

  • What do you make of Washington hiring Boise State's Chris Petersen as its next coach?

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  • Will Washington ever be a contender for the national championship under Chris Petersen?

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  • Which team will perform better during the next five years?

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  • Which college football coaching job is more desirable?

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      79%

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Who stood out in college football?

We've still got one big game on the college football Week 1 slate -- No. 11 Florida State heads to new ACC rival Pittsburgh on Monday night -- but the vast majority of business is done. And it featured far more than Johnny Manziel's antics. Clemson made a statement by beating Georgia. The FCS similarly stood out, beating seven FBS opponents. A pair of Heisman-eyeing quarterbacks showed this could be quite a race. Who won the weekend?

Which team was most impressive this weekend?

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  • Which of these Heisman candidates was more impressive this weekend?

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      37%

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  • Is Clemson (38-35 win over No. 5 Georgia) a legitimate national championship contender?

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      35%

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  • Which is the second-best team in college football behind Alabama?

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      43%

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  • What do you make of Jadeveon Clowney's struggles against North Carolina?

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      39%

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  • What do you make of seven FCS teams beating FBS foes this week?

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      70%

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  • Which would be a worse outcome for your favorite FBS team?

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      60%

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  • Which is the second-best team in college football behind Alabama?

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