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Texas A&M rolls in opener

Johnny who? No. 21 Texas A&M, which lost 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel to the NFL in the offseason, showed no signs of missing him with a thumping 52-28 win at No. 9 South Carolina. A new star might have emerged, too, as quarterback Kenny Hill broke all sorts of school records on the night (he went 44-for-60 with 511 yards and three touchdowns). Is he for real? Are the Aggies?

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  • Which is more true about No. 21 Texas A&M's 52-28 win at No. 9 South Carolina on Thursday?

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  • Are the Texas A&M Aggies legitimate College Football Playoff contenders?

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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!

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  • Which team will win the Big 12?

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  • Who will win the Heisman Trophy?

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ESPN FC has identified its 10 greatest captains of all time. Now it's your turn to tell us who's best. Click on the images below to set your rankings!

All-Time Best Captains

Tony Adams

Tony Adams

Teams captained: Arsenal, England.
Trophies won: First Division/Premier League (1989, 1991, 1998, 2002), FA Cup (1993, 1998, 2002), League Cup (1987, 1993), Cup Winners' Cup (1994).

Franco Baresi

Franco Baresi

Teams captained: AC Milan, Italy.
Trophies won: Trophies won: Serie A (six times), European Cup (1989, 1990, 1994), UEFA Super Cup (1989, 1990, 1994), Intercontinental Cup (1989, 1990), 1982 World Cup.

Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer

Teams captained: West Germany, Bayern Munich.
Trophies won: Bundesliga (five times); DFB-Pokal (four times); European Cup (1974, 1975, 1976); UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1967); Intercontinental Cup (1976); North American Soccer League (1977, 1978, 1980); 1974 World Cup; European championship (1972).

Francisco Gento

Francisco Gento

Teams captained: Real Madrid, Spain.
Trophies won: La Liga (12 times); Copa del Rey (1962, 1970); European Cup (six times); Intercontinental Cup (1960); 1964 European championship.

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard

Teams captained: Liverpool, England.
Trophies won: FA Cup (2001, 2006); League Cup (2001, 2003, 2012); Champions League (2005); UEFA Cup (2001); UEFA Super Cup (2001, 2005).

Roy Keane

Roy Keane

Teams captained: Manchester United, Celtic, Republic of Ireland.
Trophies won: Premier League (seven times); FA Cup (1994, 1996, 1999, 2004); Champions League (1999); Intercontinental Cup (1999); SPL (2006); Scottish League Cup (2006).

Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore

Teams captained: West Ham, England.
Trophies won: 1964 FA Cup, 1965 European Cup Winners' Cup, 1966 World Cup.

Carles Puyol

Carles Puyol

Teams captained: Barcelona, Spain and Catalonia.
Trophies won: Six La Ligas, two Copas del Rey, six Spanish Supercopas, three Champions Leagues, two European Supercups, Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup.

Obdulio Varela

Obdulio Varela

Teams captained: Montevideo Wanderers, Penarol, Uruguay.
Trophies won: Uruguayan First Division (1944, 1945, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1954); Campeonato Sudamericano/Copa America (1942); 1950 World Cup.

Dino Zoff

Dino Zoff

Teams captained: Italy.
Trophies won (as captain): World Cup (1982).

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NFL upholds Josh Gordon's suspension

Josh Gordon's appeal of his one-year suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy has been denied, meaning the Cleveland Browns will be without the Pro Bowl wide receiver for all of 2014. The decision comes at a time when the NFL's disciplinary philosophy is under scrutiny, especially in light of Ray Rice's two-game suspension after an offseason arrest for domestic violence. The move also comes on the same day an NFL Nation survey showed players agree with Barack Obama's stance on marijuana.

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The horse head mask has been weirding out the Internet for over a decade, but its dark powers have not yet been harnessed in the realm of sports -- at least, not until now:

Shawn KelleyAP Photo/Bill Kostroun

That's Yankees pitcher Shawn Kelley during warm-ups on Saturday, wearing the horse head mask in an attempt to inspire his team. It's even worked, sort of. The Yankees are 5-0 since Kelley started wearing the mask, and though we recognize the volatility of small sample sizes, we really don't want to anger the horse.

"You can't help but laugh at a guy in a horse head," Yankees catcher Brian McCann told Yahoo! Sports, but we beg to differ. You can look at a guy in a horse head and cry. You can look at a guy in a horse head and shudder. You can look at a guy in a horse head and feel terror.

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