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Thursday, August 24, 2006
Updated: August 29, 11:02 AM ET
SportsNation College Football Preview


Ohio State may be a consensus preseason No. 1 according to the polls, but what about the real experts? SportsNation, it's time to make your official picks (no going back!) before the start of the 2006 season! Which conference is the toughest? How do the teams stack up? Who is on your preseason All-America team? Which team will win each conference? The national championship? All of these questions and more await your input. Cast your vote below.

SportsNation's 2006 College Football Predictions
Who should win a Herbie Award?
The sixth annual Herbie Awards, as chosen by College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit, have been awarded! But were all the winners deserving? Did someone or some team (or some coeds) get overlooked? Is Ohio State really the best GameDay location? We've got Herbstreit's winners and runners-up for you to choose from. VOTE
Who has the toughest schedule?
The season really starts as soon as the schedule is released. Whether you have a Week 1 cupcake (Virginia Tech vs. Northeastern) or a true test (Florida State at Miami), your slate of opponents can have as much to do with your national championship hopes as the talent you put on the field. Which team has the toughest road to Glendale, Arizona on January 8? VOTE
Who has the edge at QB and RB?
New rule changes have been added to college football that could have an impact on high scoring offenses by shortening the game and lessening the amount of plays. But don't tell that to these top notch quarterbacks and running backs that are still expected to light up scoreboards each and every week. Which ones are the best of the best? VOTE
Who will win the QB battles?
Several teams have a decision to make at the all-important quarterback position. Should USC go with John David Booty or Mark Sanchez? Will Texas be better off with Colt McCoy or Jevan Snead under center? Which team will pay the biggest price for not having an undisputed No. 1 signal caller? VOTE
How would you rank the preseason Top 25?
Ohio State is the preseason No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25, USA Today poll and Power 16. Will SportsNation make it a clean sweep in the ESPNU Allstate Standings? What about Notre Dame and Texas? We've got the top 30 teams for you to put in order from top to bottom. You must rank at least five teams to submit your rankings. VOTE
Which conferences are the toughest?
Now that you have ranked the Top 25, take a look and see how many Big East teams you had in your top 10. ACC? Big 12? Give some thought to which conferences have the best collection of championship contenders and rank them. If you are curious, last year you voted the Big Ten, SEC and Big 12 as your top three. VOTE
How would you rank the teams in each conference?
OK, now that you have ranked the best of the best and also ranked the conferences, we're taking it one step deeper. How do all the SEC teams stack up against each other? Who comes in behind Ohio State in the Big Ten? Is USC still the class of the Pac-10?
VOTE: ACC | SEC | Pac 10 | Big 12 | Big Ten | Big East
Nominate your preseason All-Americans
Ivan Maisel has his All-Americans (including Notre Dame's Brady Quinn at QB and Jeff Samardzija at WR as well as Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson taking the handoffs) and now you can have yours. Pick the cream of the crop at each position. Give it some thought because we'll remind you of your picks at the end of the season. VOTE!
Who will walk away with the Heisman Trophy?
The best player in college football. Who will it be? Last year SportsNation picked Matt Leinart ahead of Reggie Bush before the season started. Just goes to show you never know how big a player will step up when the spotlight shines. We've got the top candidates according to our experts. VOTE
Which team will win the national championship?
The only pick that really matters, right? We can go on and on about Heisman, All-Americans, and conference bragging rights but all roads lead to the national championship. For some teams, anything less is a complete failure. For others, it's a far-fetched goal that will probably never be reached. VOTE