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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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      7%
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      82%
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      3%
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      2%
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      6%

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  • Which team will win the Big 12?

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      26%
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      4%
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      54%
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      11%
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      5%

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  • Which team will win the Big Ten?

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      50%
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      6%
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      14%
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      18%
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      12%

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  • Which team will win the Pac-12?

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      58%
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      15%
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      17%
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      6%
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      4%

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  • Which team will win the SEC?

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      44%
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      12%
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      13%
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      19%
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      12%

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  • Which is the best conference in college football?

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      7%
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      7%
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      12%
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      17%
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      57%

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  • Which of these AP top-four teams is least likely to reach the College Football Playoff?

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      17%
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      19%
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      22%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 106,954)

  • Who will win the Heisman Trophy?

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      25%
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      22%
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      53%

    Discuss (Total votes: 46,828)

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

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      23%
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      37%
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      40%

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  • Which team will win the college football national championship?

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      18%
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      19%
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      11%
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      5%
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      47%

    Discuss (Total votes: 386,931)

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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!

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

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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Georgia Southern upsets Florida

Despite having a grand total of 0 passing yards, Georgia Southern upset Florida on Saturday. The loss, Florida's first to a lower-division school, drops the Gators to 4-7 on the year and ensures the school's first losing record since 1979. Is head coach Will Muschamp on his way out? Does Florida have any shot against Florida State next weekend?

  • Will Will Muschamp be the head coach at Florida next season?

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      25%
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      75%

    Discuss (Total votes: 135,517)

  • Are Florida's injuries a legitimate excuse for losing to Georgia Southern?

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      16%
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      84%

    Discuss (Total votes: 14,256)

  • How will the Gators fare against Florida State next weekend?

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      86%
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      8%
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      6%

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  • Which of these conferences is the best in college football?

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      5%
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      11%
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      11%
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      64%

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CFB: (22) Florida at (14) Missouri

What a week for the Missouri Tigers. On one hand, they traveled to Georgia and beat the Bulldogs, catapulting them up the rankings and keeping them undefeated. On the other, they lost quarterback James Franklin for at least a few weeks, putting their fledgling SEC East title hopes in jeopardy. Speaking of SEC East title hopes, the Florida Gators' took a hit with an uninspiring loss to the LSU Tigers a week ago. Which team leaves better off?

Which team will win Saturday's game at Missouri? (12:21 p.m ET, GamePlan/ESPN3)

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    42%
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    58%

Discuss (Total votes: 12,015)

  • Is Missouri (6-0, 2-0 SEC) a serious contender in the SEC East without QB James Franklin?

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      27%
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      73%

    Discuss (Total votes: 41,897)

  • Which team will win the SEC East?

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      23%
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      35%
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      12%
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      27%
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      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 48,322)

  • What grade do you give Will Muschamp as Florida Gators coach so far?

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      6%
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      49%
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      36%
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      5%
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      4%

    Discuss (Total votes: 4,284)

  • When will Florida next contend for a national championship?

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      6%
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      43%
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      51%

    Discuss (Total votes: 4,312)

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