SportsNation Blog ArchivesSN Blog Archives Rutgers Scarlet Knights

USA TODAY Sports

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?

    •  
      7%
    •  
      82%
    •  
      4%
    •  
      2%
    •  
      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,284)

  • Which team will win the Big 12?

    •  
      26%
    •  
      4%
    •  
      54%
    •  
      10%
    •  
      6%

    Discuss (Total votes: 25,827)

  • Which team will win the Big Ten?

    •  
      50%
    •  
      7%
    •  
      15%
    •  
      17%
    •  
      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 55,697)

  • Which team will win the Pac-12?

    •  
      59%
    •  
      16%
    •  
      15%
    •  
      7%
    •  
      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 25,510)

  • Which team will win the SEC?

    •  
      43%
    •  
      12%
    •  
      15%
    •  
      19%
    •  
      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 68,623)

  • Which is the best conference in college football?

    •  
      7%
    •  
      7%
    •  
      12%
    •  
      17%
    •  
      57%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,076)

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

    •  
      17%
    •  
      19%
    •  
      22%
    •  
      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 113,633)

  • Who will win the Heisman Trophy?

    •  
      26%
    •  
      21%
    •  
      53%

    Discuss (Total votes: 54,366)

  • How much controversy will the four-team playoff system draw compared to the BCS system?

    •  
      23%
    •  
      37%
    •  
      40%

    Discuss (Total votes: 192,047)

  • Which team will win the college football national championship?

    •  
      18%
    •  
      19%
    •  
      12%
    •  
      5%
    •  
      46%

    Discuss (Total votes: 393,424)

Comment »

Michigan State toppled Ohio State in last season's Big Ten title game. Now the Buckeyes will miss quarterback Braxton Miller for the whole season. Are the Spartans still the class of the conference? Click on the logos below to set your rankings!

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

2014 Big Ten football teams

Illinois

Illinois

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 Big Ten: 1-7

Indiana

Indiana

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 Big Ten: 3-5

Iowa

Iowa

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big Ten: 5-3

Maryland

Maryland

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

Michigan

Michigan

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 Big Ten: 3-5

Michigan State

Michigan State

2013 overall: 13-1
2013 Big Ten: 8-0

Minnesota

Minnesota

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big Ten: 4-4

Nebraska

Nebraska

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 Big Ten: 5-3

Northwestern

Northwestern

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 Big Ten: 1-7

Ohio State

Ohio State

2013 overall: 12-2
2013 Big Ten: 8-0

Penn State

Penn State

2013 overall: 7-5
2013 Big Ten: 4-4

Purdue

Purdue

2013 overall: 1-11
2013 Big Ten: 0-8

Rutgers

Rutgers

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

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 Big Ten: 6-2

Your Rankings

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

Michigan State toppled Ohio State in last season's Big Ten title game. Are the Spartans still the class of the conference? Click on the logos below to set your rankings!

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

2014 Big Ten football teams

Illinois

Illinois

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 Big Ten: 1-7

Indiana

Indiana

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 Big Ten: 3-5

Iowa

Iowa

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big Ten: 5-3

Maryland

Maryland

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

Michigan

Michigan

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 Big Ten: 3-5

Michigan State

Michigan State

2013 overall: 13-1
2013 Big Ten: 8-0

Minnesota

Minnesota

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big Ten: 4-4

Nebraska

Nebraska

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 Big Ten: 5-3

Northwestern

Northwestern

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 Big Ten: 1-7

Ohio State

Ohio State

2013 overall: 12-2
2013 Big Ten: 8-0

Penn State

Penn State

2013 overall: 7-5
2013 Big Ten: 4-4

Purdue

Purdue

2013 overall: 1-11
2013 Big Ten: 0-8

Rutgers

Rutgers

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

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 Big Ten: 6-2

Your Rankings

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

The new American Athletic Conference isn't widely represented in the preseason coaches' Top 25; only defending Big East champion Louisville made the list (albeit at No. 9). Are the Cardinals the clear favorites in the AAC? How do their challengers stack up? Click on the boxes below to set your rankings!

2013 AAC football teams

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

2012 overall: 10-3
2012 Big East: 5-2

Connecticut

Connecticut

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 Big East: 2-5

Houston

Houston

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 C-USA: 4-4

Louisville

Louisville

2012 overall: 11-2
2012 Big East: 5-2

Memphis

Memphis

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 C-USA: 4-4

Rutgers

Rutgers

2012 overall: 9-4
2012 Big East: 5-2

South Florida

South Florida

2012 overall: 3-9
2012 Big East: 1-6

Southern Methodist

Southern Methodist

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 C-USA: 5-3

Temple

Temple

2012 overall: 4-7
2012 Big East: 2-5

UCF

UCF

2012 overall: 10-4
2012 C-USA: 7-1

Your Rankings

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

Comment »

Rutgers' AD problem?

Rutgers hired athletic director Julie Hermann to fix its image after the Mike Rice scandal, but Hermann may have baggage of her own. The Newark Star Ledger reported on Saturday that Hermann quit her job as head coach of Tennessee women's volleyball 16 years ago after her players accused her of verbally abusing them. Hermann officially starts in June, but should Rutgers cut ties with her before she takes charge?

Should Rutgers fire incoming athletic director Julie Hermann after allegations arose of her abusing players as a women's volleyball coach at Tennessee?

  •  
    68%
  •  
    32%

Discuss (Total votes: 32,681)

  • Should Rutgers fire president Robert Barchi?

    •  
      80%
    •  
      20%

    Discuss (Total votes: 6,570)

  • Would you want your son or daughter to play sports at Rutgers if they received a full scholarship to do so?

    •  
      40%
    •  
      60%

    Discuss (Total votes: 6,596)

Comment »