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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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Coaching rants after big losses are usually more funny than intimidating, but Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads' anger may have been justified after his team's loss to Texas. Rhoads went on a lengthy and passionate rant after Texas RB Johnathan Gray was ruled down by contact after an apparent fumble recovery at the goal line late in the fourth quarter. Texas would subsequently score a go-ahead touchdown and seal the win on an interception. Officials didn't feel the video replay was conclusive enough to overturn the original call, but did they get it wrong?
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
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