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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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  • What do you make of Kenny Hill's 44-for-60, 511-yard, three-touchdown performance at South Carolina on Thursday?

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

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  • Which team will win the SEC?

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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 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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  • Who will win the Heisman Trophy?

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

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  • Which team will win the college football national championship?

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NCF, NCF, Florida State Seminoles, Louisville Cardinals, Boston College Eagles, North Carolina State Wolfpack, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Syracuse Orange, Clemson Tigers, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels, Pittsburgh Panthers, Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies, Miami (FL) Hurricanes, Iowa State Cyclones, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oklahoma Sooners, Baylor Bears, Texas Longhorns, West Virginia Mountaineers, Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas State Wildcats, TCU Horned Frogs, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Indiana Hoosiers, Maryland Terrapins, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions, Northwestern Wildcats, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Wisconsin Badgers, Illinois Fighting Illini, Iowa Hawkeyes, Purdue Boilermakers, Stanford Cardinal, California Golden Bears, Oregon State Beavers, Washington Huskies, Washington State Cougars, Oregon Ducks, Arizona State Sun Devils, Arizona Wildcats, UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans, Colorado Buffaloes, Utah Utes, Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats, Missouri Tigers, Vanderbilt Commodores, South Carolina Gamecocks, Tennessee Volunteers, Auburn Tigers, Arkansas Razorbacks, LSU Tigers, Ole Miss Rebels, Texas A&M Aggies, Alabama Crimson Tide, Mississippi St. Bulldogs

We don't have to tell you what happened in last season's Iron Bowl. Has Alabama rebounded enough to be considered the top team in the SEC? Or is Auburn the best until further notice? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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2014 SEC football teams

Alabama

Alabama

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

Arkansas

Arkansas

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

Auburn

Auburn

2013 overall: 12-2
2013 SEC: 7-1

Florida

Florida

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 SEC: 3-5

Georgia

Georgia

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 SEC: 5-3

Kentucky

Kentucky

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

LSU

LSU

2013 overall: 10-3
2013 SEC: 5-3

Mississippi State

Mississippi State

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

Missouri

Missouri

2013 overall: 12-2
2013 SEC: 7-1

Ole Miss

Ole Miss

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 SEC: 3-5

South Carolina

South Carolina

2013 overall: 11-2
2013 SEC: 6-2

Tennessee

Tennessee

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 SEC: 2-6

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 SEC: 4-4

Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 SEC: 4-4

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Johnny Manziel isn't the only football prospect who can throw down on the court. Odell Beckham Jr. -- a 5-foot-11 wide receiver out of LSU who is expected to go in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft -- put on his own dunk show recently:


Compare that to Johnny Football (Johnny Basketball?) and his recent display:


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What is Johnny Manziel's future?

In what might have been his last game with the Texas A&M Aggies, Johnny Manziel threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns in a shootout, and comeback win, over Duke. Now he has a decision to make: stay or go. If he remains, he'd have the chance to add to his Heisman Trophy case and take A&M to the heights of which they dreamed in 2013. If he leaves, he could be selected as high as No. 1 overall -- and probably no later than fourth. What does the future hold for this hotshot QB?

What should Johnny Manziel do in 2014?

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  • If Johnny Manziel is an NFL starter next year, how will his rookie season play out?

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  • Which of these potential top-five picks will have the best NFL career?

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