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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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      22%
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  • Who will win the Heisman Trophy?

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      25%
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      24%
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      51%

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

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      36%
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      40%

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  • Which team will win the college football national championship?

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      11%
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      5%
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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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Petrino to return to Louisville

Who says you can't go (to your onetime adopted) home again? Certainly not Bobby Petrino, who has accepted the Louisville Cardinals' head coaching position after a year at Western Kentucky and seven after leaving the school for the NFL. Now, it's hard to deny Petrino's success in the Bluegrass State's largest city; he won an Orange Bowl in 2006-07. But the 52-year-old doesn't exactly have a sterling reputation. He left the Cardinals for the Atlanta Falcons shortly after signing a 10-year contract, but coached in the NFL for just 13 games before taking the Arkansas job. Then came the infamous accident while riding a motorcycle with his mistress. Can he leave it all behind and rebuild his reputation, all while keeping Louisville -- it of a Sugar Bowl victory 12 months ago -- among college football's more successful programs?

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What do you make of Louisville bringing Bobby Petrino back as head coach?

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  • How will Louisville perform under Bobby Petrino vs. under Charlie Strong?

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  • How much will Bobby Petrino's past affect his ability to recruit at Louisville?

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  • If you were a recruit or the parent of a recruit, which would concern you more about Bobby Petrino's past?

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  • Will Bobby Petrino ever rehabilitate his image?

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Charlie Strong right for Texas?

The Longhorns have found the man who will try to live up to Mack Brown's legacy, as Texas named former Louisville coach Charlie Strong its new head coach on Sunday. Strong just finished his fourth year at Louisville and has been remarkably successful as its coach, winning double-digit games for the past two years and bringing the Cardinals to a BCS bowl in the 2012 season. Is he the right coach for the job, or will Texas recede further and further from title contention?

  • Is Charlie Strong a good fit as Texas head coach?

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      60%
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      40%

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  • How long will it take Charlie Strong to lead Texas to a national title?

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  • Who was more responsible for Louisville's success this season?

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      58%
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      42%

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  • Where does Texas rank among college football's most desirable programs to coach?

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Teddy Bridgewater in 2014 draft?

Teams possibly targeting Teddy Bridgewater in the 2014 NFL draft -- we're looking at you, likely No. 1-bound Houston Texans -- might need to scout elsewhere. The Louisville Cardinals junior quarterback says he hasn't decided on his future just yet, and likely won't until after his team's Dec. 28 bowl game. That's not to say he's definitely returning, but it certainly seems he could follow in the footsteps of fellow top prospect Marcus Mariota, who will return to Oregon next season. What will Bridgewater do? What should he do?

What should Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater do?

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    62%
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    38%

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  • What will Teddy Bridgewater do?

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      25%

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  • What should the Texans do with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft?

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  • How will Teddy Bridgewater's rookie season in the NFL play out?

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      35%
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  • Which quarterback will have more success in the NFL?

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      62%
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      38%

    Discuss (Total votes: 135,621)

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