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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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      7%
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      82%
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      4%
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      2%
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      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,284)

  • Which team will win the Big 12?

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      26%
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      4%
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      54%
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      10%
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      6%

    Discuss (Total votes: 25,827)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 55,697)

  • 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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      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 25,510)

  • 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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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 68,623)

  • Which is the best conference in college football?

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      7%
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      7%
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      12%
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      17%
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      57%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,076)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 113,633)

  • Who will win the Heisman Trophy?

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      26%
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      21%
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      53%

    Discuss (Total votes: 54,366)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 192,047)

  • 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%

    Discuss (Total votes: 393,424)

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Florida State is the defending national champion. That means the Seminoles have to be No. 1 in the ACC ... right? Click on the logos below to rank the conference's teams!

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

2014 ACC football teams

Boston College

Boston College

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 ACC: 4-4

Clemson

Clemson

2013 overall: 11-2
2013 ACC: 7-1

Duke

Duke

2013 overall: 10-4
2013 ACC: 6-2

Florida State

Florida State

2013 overall: 14-0
2013 ACC: 8-0

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

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

Louisville

Louisville

2013 overall: 12-1
2013 American: 7-1

Miami (FL)

Miami (FL)

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 ACC: 5-3

North Carolina

North Carolina

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 ACC: 4-4

NC State

NC State

2013 overall: 3-9
2013 ACC: 0-8

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

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

Syracuse

Syracuse

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 ACC: 4-4

Virginia

Virginia

2013 overall: 2-10
2013 ACC: 0-8

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 ACC: 5-3

Wake Forest

Wake Forest

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 ACC: 2-6

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With ACC media day approaching, it's time to take a look at this newly expanded conference and rank its best teams. Will Florida State and Clemson maintain their stronghold at the top? Will Miami make a big jump? And what to make of new additions Pittsburgh and Syracuse?

2013 ACC football teams

Boston College

Boston College

2012 overall: 2-10
2012 ACC: 1-7

Clemson

Clemson

2012 overall: 11-2
2012 ACC: 7-1

Duke

Duke

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 ACC: 3-5

Florida State

Florida State

2012 overall: 12-2
2012 ACC: 7-1

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

2012 overall: 7-7
2012 ACC: 5-3

Maryland

Maryland

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 ACC: 2-6

Miami (FL)

Miami (FL)

2012 overall: 7-5
2012 ACC: 5-3

North Carolina

North Carolina

2012 overall: 8-4
2012 ACC: 5-3

NC State

NC State

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 ACC: 4-4

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 ACC: N/A (3-4 Big East)

Syracuse

Syracuse

2012 overall: 8-5
2012 ACC: N/A (5-2 Big East)

Virginia

Virginia

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 ACC: 2-6

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 ACC: 4-4

Wake Forest

Wake Forest

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 ACC: 3-5

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Not a great deal changed on the field in college football this past weekend, where Oklahoma solidified its hold on No. 1 with a win over Florida State. Off the field? Yeah, about that. It appears Florida State will soon have more company in the ACC after the conference approved Pittsburgh and Syracuse as new members. Is this the biggest domino to fall thus far in conference realignment? More: Rank the Top 25 in college football.


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Colorado, Nebraska and Utah are the only schools actually competing in new conferences at the moment, but Pitt and Syracuse joined Texas A&M in securing the blessing of new partners.

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