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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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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 is the best conference in college football?

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  • Who will win the Heisman Trophy?

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  • Which team will win the college football national championship?

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Michigan State toppled Ohio State in last season's Big Ten title game. Now the Buckeyes will miss quarterback Braxton Miller for the whole season. Are the Spartans still the class of the conference? Click on the logos below to set your rankings!

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2014 Big Ten football teams

Illinois

Illinois

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 Big Ten: 1-7

Indiana

Indiana

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 Big Ten: 3-5

Iowa

Iowa

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big Ten: 5-3

Maryland

Maryland

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

Michigan

Michigan

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 Big Ten: 3-5

Michigan State

Michigan State

2013 overall: 13-1
2013 Big Ten: 8-0

Minnesota

Minnesota

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

Nebraska

Nebraska

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 Big Ten: 5-3

Northwestern

Northwestern

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 Big Ten: 1-7

Ohio State

Ohio State

2013 overall: 12-2
2013 Big Ten: 8-0

Penn State

Penn State

2013 overall: 7-5
2013 Big Ten: 4-4

Purdue

Purdue

2013 overall: 1-11
2013 Big Ten: 0-8

Rutgers

Rutgers

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

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 Big Ten: 6-2

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Jameis Winston is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. But does that mean he's the best quarterback in college football? He's got some pretty good company, even with Ohio State's Braxton Miller out for the year. Click on the images below to rank the quarterbacks!

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College Football QBs

Rakeem Cato

Rakeem Cato

Marshall

Everett Golson

Everett Golson

Notre Dame

Taysom Hill

Taysom Hill

BYU

Brett Hundley

Brett Hundley

UCLA

Chuckie Keeton

Chuckie Keeton

Utah State

Taylor Kelly

Taylor Kelly

Arizona State

Trevor Knight

Trevor Knight

Oklahoma

Sean Mannion

Sean Mannion

Oregon State

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota

Oregon QB

Nick Marshall

Nick Marshall

Auburn

Bryce Petty

Bryce Petty

Baylor

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

Florida State

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For the second straight season, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner returns to college football ... as a redshirt sophomore. But will Jameis Winston do what Johnny Manziel could not and win two in a row? Or will someone else get in the way? Ohio State's Braxton Miller, a popular preseason challenger, is out for the year, but that doesn't mean there aren't strong candidates. Click on the images to set your Heisman Watch rankings!

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2014 Heisman Watch

Ameer Abdullah

Ameer Abdullah

Nebraska RB

Mike Davis

Mike Davis

South Carolina RB

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

Wisconsin RB

Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley

Georgia RB

Brett Hundley

Brett Hundley

UCLA QB

Duke Johnson

Duke Johnson

Miami (FL) RB

Trevor Knight

Trevor Knight

Oklahoma QB

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota

Oregon QB

Nick Marshall

Nick Marshall

Auburn QB

Bryce Petty

Bryce Petty

Baylor QB

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

Florida State QB

T.J. Yeldon

T.J. Yeldon

Alabama RB

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