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Your 2014 NFL predictions?

The 2014 NFL season kicks off Thursday night, with the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers in the first of what should be many intriguing games in this wide-open league. What will happen this year? Read our experts' NFL preview, then cast your votes below!

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  • Which team will win the NFC East?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • Which team will win the NFC South?

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  • Which team will win the NFC West?

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  • Which team will win the AFC East?

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  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • Which team will win the AFC South?

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  • Which team will win the AFC West?

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  • Which team will finish with the NFL's best record (assuming there are no ties)?

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  • Which team will finish with the NFL's worst record (assuming there are no ties)?

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  • How confident are you feeling about your favorite NFL team heading into the 2014 season?

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  • Who will win NFL MVP?

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  • Which rookie will have the biggest impact in 2014?

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  • Which team will win the NFC?

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  • Which team will win the AFC?

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  • Which team will win the Super Bowl?

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The #NFLRank Top 10s are here, with Calvin Johnson leading the way on offense and J.J. Watt on defense. How do these players stack up overall? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

NFLRank Top Players

Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins

NFLRank -- Defense: 10

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

NFLRank -- Defense: 10

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

NFLRank -- Offense: 6

Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

NFLRank -- Offense: 7

A.J. Green

A.J. Green

NFLRank -- Offense: 9

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

NFLRank -- Offense: 6

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

NFLRank -- Defense: 4

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

NFLRank -- Offense: 5

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

NFLRank -- Offense: 8

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

NFLRank -- Offense: 9

Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson

NFLRank -- Defense: 8

Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn

NFLRank -- Offense: 1

Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

NFLRank -- Defense: 5

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

NFLRank -- Defense: 4

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

NFLRank -- Defense: 2

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

NFLRank -- Offense: 3

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

NFLRank -- Defense: 3

Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas

NFLRank -- Offense: 8

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

NFLRank -- Defense: 1

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

NFLRank -- Offense: 4

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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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  • Which team will win the SEC?

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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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ESPN FC has identified its 10 greatest captains of all time. Now it's your turn to tell us who's best. Click on the images below to set your rankings!

All-Time Best Captains

Tony Adams

Tony Adams

Teams captained: Arsenal, England.
Trophies won: First Division/Premier League (1989, 1991, 1998, 2002), FA Cup (1993, 1998, 2002), League Cup (1987, 1993), Cup Winners' Cup (1994).

Franco Baresi

Franco Baresi

Teams captained: AC Milan, Italy.
Trophies won: Trophies won: Serie A (six times), European Cup (1989, 1990, 1994), UEFA Super Cup (1989, 1990, 1994), Intercontinental Cup (1989, 1990), 1982 World Cup.

Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer

Teams captained: West Germany, Bayern Munich.
Trophies won: Bundesliga (five times); DFB-Pokal (four times); European Cup (1974, 1975, 1976); UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1967); Intercontinental Cup (1976); North American Soccer League (1977, 1978, 1980); 1974 World Cup; European championship (1972).

Francisco Gento

Francisco Gento

Teams captained: Real Madrid, Spain.
Trophies won: La Liga (12 times); Copa del Rey (1962, 1970); European Cup (six times); Intercontinental Cup (1960); 1964 European championship.

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard

Teams captained: Liverpool, England.
Trophies won: FA Cup (2001, 2006); League Cup (2001, 2003, 2012); Champions League (2005); UEFA Cup (2001); UEFA Super Cup (2001, 2005).

Roy Keane

Roy Keane

Teams captained: Manchester United, Celtic, Republic of Ireland.
Trophies won: Premier League (seven times); FA Cup (1994, 1996, 1999, 2004); Champions League (1999); Intercontinental Cup (1999); SPL (2006); Scottish League Cup (2006).

Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore

Teams captained: West Ham, England.
Trophies won: 1964 FA Cup, 1965 European Cup Winners' Cup, 1966 World Cup.

Carles Puyol

Carles Puyol

Teams captained: Barcelona, Spain and Catalonia.
Trophies won: Six La Ligas, two Copas del Rey, six Spanish Supercopas, three Champions Leagues, two European Supercups, Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup.

Obdulio Varela

Obdulio Varela

Teams captained: Montevideo Wanderers, Penarol, Uruguay.
Trophies won: Uruguayan First Division (1944, 1945, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1954); Campeonato Sudamericano/Copa America (1942); 1950 World Cup.

Dino Zoff

Dino Zoff

Teams captained: Italy.
Trophies won (as captain): World Cup (1982).

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