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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 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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      53%

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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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Florida State is the defending national champion. That means the Seminoles have to be No. 1 in the ACC ... right? Click on the logos below to rank the conference's teams!

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

2014 ACC football teams

Boston College

Boston College

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 ACC: 4-4

Clemson

Clemson

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

Duke

Duke

2013 overall: 10-4
2013 ACC: 6-2

Florida State

Florida State

2013 overall: 14-0
2013 ACC: 8-0

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

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

Louisville

Louisville

2013 overall: 12-1
2013 American: 7-1

Miami (FL)

Miami (FL)

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 ACC: 5-3

North Carolina

North Carolina

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 ACC: 4-4

NC State

NC State

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

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

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

Syracuse

Syracuse

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 ACC: 4-4

Virginia

Virginia

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

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 ACC: 5-3

Wake Forest

Wake Forest

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 ACC: 2-6

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Football at Fenway?

Fenway Park hasn't hosted a football game since the Johnson administration, but that's all set to change in 2015. Boston College and Notre Dame will play a game at the venerable ballpark, following the example of football games being played at Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium. Fenway's quite a bit smaller than your typical college football venue, but it's always interesting to see the typical formula shaken up a bit. We'd love to see what the Monster Seats end up going for at this one.

  • What do you make of a potential Boston College-Notre Dame football game at Fenway Park?

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  • Which of these baseball stadiums would be the best place to hold a football game?

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  • Which team would you root for in their 2015 matchup?

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  • Will the Red Sox ever leave Fenway Park?

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When the clock hit zeroes Saturday in Auburn, Ala., it seemed the Crimson Tide had the best chance to win the Iron Bowl and reach the SEC championship game. Then ... well, we all know what happened. The question is: Where does Chris Davis' field goal return rank among the best college football endings -- meaning, the game's final play -- of all time? Click on the images below to set your list!

College football finishes

Holiday Bowl (1980)

Holiday Bowl (1980)

BYU's Jim McMahon hit Clay Brown for a 41-yard Hail Mary TD to tie SMU; the extra point gave BYU a 46-45 win after trailing 45-25 with four minutes left.

The Play (1982)

The Play (1982)

With four seconds left and a 20-19 lead, Stanford kicked off to California; the Stanford band came on the field during the multiple-lateral return, which was scored by Kevin Moen for a 25-20 win.

Hail Flutie (1984)

Hail Flutie (1984)

Boston College QB Doug Flutie hit WR Gerard Phelan on a 48-yard, against-the-wind Hail Mary to win at Miami 47-45.

The Fifth Down (1990)

The Fifth Down (1990)

With Colorado down 31-27 and near the Missouri goal line, the officiating crew accidentally forgot to flip the down marker, ultimately giving the Buffaloes a fifth down -- on which QB Charles Johnson scored a 1-yard TD to win 33-31.

The Miracle at Michigan (1994)

The Miracle at Michigan (1994)

Colorado again -- this time with Kordell Stewart hitting Michael Westbrook on a tipped 64-yard Hail Mary to give the Buffaloes a 27-26 win over host Michigan.

The Bluegrass Miracle (2002)

The Bluegrass Miracle (2002)

Another tipped Hail Mary -- this one from LSU's Marcus Randall to Devery Henderson for a 74-yard TD and 33-30 win over Kentucky (which had doused coach Guy Morriss with Gatorade seconds earlier).

Fiesta Bowl (2003)

Fiesta Bowl (2003)

After being given new life thanks to a pass interference penalty in the first OT and then taking a 31-24 lead in the second, Ohio State forced an incomplete pass from Miami on fourth-and-goal at the 1 to win the BCS National Championship.

Capital One Bowl (2005)

Capital One Bowl (2005)

After letting LSU rally from 12 points down, Iowa scrambled to get to the 44-yard line, from which Drew Tate hit Warren Holloway for a 56-yard TD to give the Hawkeyes a 30-25 win.

Statue Left (2007)

Statue Left (2007)

After fighting to get to overtime, underdog Boise State fell behind Oklahoma 42-35 in the first extra frame, scored a touchdown, then pulled a "Statue of Liberty" handoff to Ian Johnson for the game-winning two-point conversion.

Iron Bowl (2013)

Iron Bowl (2013)

A 57-yard, last-second field goal attempt for Alabama in a 28-28 game fell short and into the hands of Chris Davis, who returned the ball 109 yards for a 34-28 Auburn win.

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The college football season is here, and we want to know which team tops your ACC Power Rankings. Is No. 8 Clemson the team to beat in the conference? How will No. 11 Florida State fare this season? Submit your rankings below! Pick at least FIVE teams to vote.

More: Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

2013 ACC football teams

Boston College

Boston College

2012 overall: 2-10
2012 ACC: 1-7

Clemson

Clemson

2012 overall: 11-2
2012 ACC: 7-1

Duke

Duke

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 ACC: 3-5

Florida State

Florida State

2012 overall: 12-2
2012 ACC: 7-1

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

2012 overall: 7-7
2012 ACC: 5-3

Maryland

Maryland

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 ACC: 2-6

Miami (FL)

Miami (FL)

2012 overall: 7-5
2012 ACC: 5-3

North Carolina

North Carolina

2012 overall: 8-4
2012 ACC: 5-3

NC State

NC State

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 ACC: 4-4

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 ACC: N/A (3-4 Big East)

Syracuse

Syracuse

2012 overall: 8-5
2012 ACC: N/A (5-2 Big East)

Virginia

Virginia

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 ACC: 2-6

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 ACC: 4-4

Wake Forest

Wake Forest

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 ACC: 3-5

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