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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 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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  • 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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Baylor held off the traditional powers to win the Big 12 last season, but Oklahoma figures to be quite the contender in 2014. Is either your top team in the conference? Click on the logos below to set your rankings!

More: ACC | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC | Top 25 | Rank the conferences

2014 Big 12 football teams

Baylor

Baylor

2013 overall: 11-2
2013 Big 12: 8-1

Iowa State

Iowa State

2013 overall: 3-9
2013 Big 12: 2-7

Kansas

Kansas

2013 overall: 3-9
2013 Big 12: 1-8

Kansas State

Kansas State

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big 12: 5-4

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

2013 overall: 11-2
2013 Big 12: 7-2

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

2013 overall: 10-3
2013 Big 12: 7-2

TCU

TCU

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 Big 12: 2-7

Texas

Texas

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big 12: 7-2

Texas Tech

Texas Tech

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big 12: 4-5

West Virginia

West Virginia

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 Big 12: 2-7

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

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Mack Brown stepping down?

It's been an interesting day in Austin, Texas. A report first surfaced that Mack Brown would resign his post as Texas Longhorns head coach ... then Brown refuted the story ... then a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy that the Longhorns' coach of 16 years indeed would leave, likely by the end of the week. This could conclude a roller-coaster season for Brown and the Longhorns, who started 1-2 but ended up one win away from claiming the Big 12 title. It also could restart the speculation that Nick Saban might move from Alabama to Austin.

  • How would you describe Mack Brown's tenure at Texas, if it indeed is over after 16 seasons?

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

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  • Which program is in better shape right now?

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  • Which team will Nick Saban coach in 2014?

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Mack BrownAP Photo/Rick BowmerAfter Texas finished 8-4 overall (7-2 Big 12), Mack Brown faces questions about his job security.

Expectations at a school like Texas are, and always will remain, very high. That is why even after an 8-4 regular season and a second-place finish in the Big 12, coach Mack Brown faces questions about his job security, as the Longhorns haven't had a final BCS rating any higher than No. 19 in four seasons. With the 2005 national championship firmly in the rearview mirror, and even the 2009 title game appearance old news, Texas has a decision to make -- one that appears to be entirely in its hands after Brown on Tuesday denied reports that he was stepping down.

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