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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. Click on the images below to rank the signal-callers!

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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

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

Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller

Ohio State

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 other high-profile QBs (Marcus Mariota, Braxton Miller, Todd Hundley et al.) or running backs (Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon and others) get in the way? Click on the images to set your preseason Heisman Watch rankings!

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2014 Heisman Watch

Ameer Abdullah

Ameer Abdullah

Nebraska 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

Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller

Ohio State 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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The SEC's college football reign is over -- at least in a way. Last season, for the first time since 2005, a team from outside that conference (Florida State from the ACC) won the national championship. Does that mean the SEC is not best in the nation? Click on the logos below to rank the conferences!

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College Football Conferences

AAC

AAC

Cincinnati
Connecticut
East Carolina
Houston
Memphis
SMU
South Florida
Temple
Tulane
Tulsa
UCF

ACC

ACC

Boston College
Clemson
Duke
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Louisville
Miami (Fla.)
North Carolina
North Carolina State

Pittsburgh
Syracuse
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest

Big 12

Big 12

Baylor
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
TCU
Texas
Texas Tech
West Virginia

Big Ten

Big Ten

Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Rutgers
Wisconsin

Conference USA

Conference USA

Florida Atlantic
Florida International
Louisiana Tech
Marshall
Middle Tennessee
North Texas
Old Dominion
Rice
Southern Miss
UAB
UTEP
UTSA
Western Kentucky

Mid-American

Mid-American

Akron
Ball State
Bowling Green
Buffalo
Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan
Kent State
Massachusetts
Miami (OH)
Northern Illinois
Ohio
Toledo
Western Michigan

Mountain West

Mountain West

Air Force
Boise State
Colorado State
Fresno State
Hawaii
Nevada
New Mexico
San Diego State
San Jose State
UNLV
Utah State
Wyoming

Pac-12

Pac-12

Arizona
Arizona State
California
Colorado
Oregon
Oregon State
Stanford
UCLA
USC
Utah
Washington
Washington State

SEC

SEC

Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
LSU
Mississippi State
Missouri
Ole Miss
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas A&M
Vanderbilt

Sun Belt

Sun Belt

Appalachian State
Arkansas State
Georgia Southern
Georgia State
Idaho
Louisiana-Lafayette
Louisiana-Monroe
New Mexico State
South Alabama
Texas State
Troy

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Michigan State toppled Ohio State in last season's Big Ten title game. 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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