2014 College Football Conference Predictions

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It's August. College football will be played later this month, and you'll want to prepare yourself mentally, physically and emotionally.

CBSSports.com will be with you throughout August, breaking down every league in the country and previewing what's to come in year one of the College Football Playoff era.

To kick off preview and prediction season, we offer below our conference-by-conference (and independents!) experts matrix. Feel free to cheer or boo lustily at the placement of your favorite team. Detractors can take heart by looking at some of the picks made for this exercise a year ago, where the savvy picks (Stanford! Louisville!) where counterbalanced by the retrospectively curious ones (only two of eight experts picked Florida State to win the ACC, and neither Auburn nor Missouri were picked in the top half of their SEC divisions).

* - Conference Champion.

ACC Predicted Order of Finish
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Atlantic
1. FSU* FSU* FSU* FSU* FSU* FSU* FSU*
2. Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Louisville Clemson
3. Louisville Louisville Louisville Louisville NC State Clemson Louisville
4. Syracuse NC State Boston College NC State Louisville NC State Syracuse
5. Boston College Syracuse NC State Boston College Syracuse Syracuse NC State
6. NC State Boston College Syracuse Syracuse Boston College Boston College Boston College
7. Wake Forest Wake Forest Wake Forest Wake Forest Wake Forest Wake Forest Wake Forest
Coastal
1. Duke Virginia Tech Duke Duke Virginia Tech Pittsburgh Virginia Tech
2. North Carolina Miami Miami Virginia Tech Miami Virginia Tech Duke
3. Virginia Tech Duke North Carolina Miami Duke North Carolina North Carolina
4. Miami North Carolina Georgia Tech North Carolina North Carolina Miami Miami
5. Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Virginia Tech Pittsburgh Georgia Tech Duke Pittsburgh
6. Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Georgia Tech Pittsburgh Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
7. Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia
Big Ten Predicted Order of Finish
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East
1. Michigan State* Michigan State Ohio State* Ohio State* Ohio State* Ohio State* Ohio State*
2. Ohio State Ohio State Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State
3. Penn State Michigan Maryland Michigan Penn State Michigan Michigan
4. Michigan Penn State Michigan Penn State Michigan Penn State Penn State
5. Indiana Maryland Penn State Maryland Maryland Indiana Maryland
6. Maryland Indiana Indiana Indiana Indiana Maryland Indiana
7. Rutgers Rutgers Rutgers Rutgers Rutgers Rutgers Rutgers
West
1. Wisconsin Nebraska* Wisconsin Wisconsin Iowa Iowa Wisconsin
2. Nebraska Wisconsin Nebraska Nebraska Wisconsin Wisconsin Iowa
3. Iowa Iowa Minnesota Iowa Nebraska Northwestern Nebraska
4. Minnesota Minnesota Iowa Minnesota Northwestern Nebraska Northwestern
5. Northwestern Northwestern Northwestern Northwestern Illinois Illinois Minnesota
6. Illinois Illinois Illinois Illinois Minnesota Minnesota Illinois
7. Purdue Purdue Purdue Purdue Purdue Purdue Purdue
Big 12 Predicted Order of Finish
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1. Oklahoma Baylor Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma Baylor Oklahoma
2. Baylor Oklahoma Baylor Baylor Baylor Oklahoma Baylor
3. Kansas State Kansas State Kansas State Kansas State Texas Kansas State Kansas State
4. Texas Oklahoma State Texas Texas Oklahoma State TCU Texas
5. Oklahoma State Texas Tech Oklahoma State TCU TCU Texas Texas Tech
6. Texas Tech Texas Texas Tech Oklahoma State Kansas State Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
7. TCU West Virginia Iowa State Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech West Virginia
8. West Virginia TCU TCU West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia TCU
9. Iowa State Iowa State West Virginia Iowa State Iowa State Iowa State Iowa State
10. Kansas Kansas Kansas Kansas Kansas Kansas Kansas
Pac-12 Predicted Order of Finish
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North
1. Oregon* Oregon* Oregon* Oregon* Stanford Oregon Oregon*
2. Stanford Stanford Stanford Stanford Oregon Washington Washington
3. Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington Stanford Stanford
4. Washington State Oregon State Oregon State Oregon State Washington State Oregon State Oregon State
5. Oregon State Cal Washington State Washington State Oregon State Washington State Washington State
6. Cal Washington State Cal Cal Cal Cal Cal
South
1. UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA* USC* UCLA
2. USC Arizona State Arizona State USC Arizona UCLA USC
3. Arizona State USC USC Arizona State Arizona State Arizona Arizona
4. Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona USC Arizona State Arizona State
5. Utah Utah Utah Utah Utah Utah Utah
6. Colorado Colorado Colorado Colorado Colorado Colorado Colorado
SEC Predicted Order of Finish
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East
1. South Carolina South Carolina* Georgia* Georgia South Carolina South Carolina Georgia
2. Georgia Georgia South Carolina South Carolina Georgia Georgia South Carolina
3. Missouri Florida Missouri Florida Florida Florida Florida
4. Florida Missouri Florida Missouri Tennessee Missouri Missouri
5. Vanderbilt Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Missouri Tennessee Tennessee
6. Tennessee Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
7. Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
West
1. Alabama* Auburn Alabama Alabama* Auburn* Alabama* Alabama*
2. Auburn Alabama Auburn LSU Alabama Auburn LSU
3. LSU Ole Miss LSU Auburn LSU LSU Auburn
4. Texas A&M LSU Texas A&M Ole Miss Texas A&M Ole Miss Ole Miss
5. Miss State Miss State Ole Miss Texas A&M Ole Miss Miss State Texas A&M
6. Ole Miss Texas A&M Miss State Miss State Miss State Texas A&M Miss State
7. Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas
American Athletic Conference Predicted Order of Finish
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1. Cincinnati Houston Cincinnati Cincinnati Houston Cincinnati Cincinnati
2. UCF UCF UCF UCF Cincinnati UCF Houston
3. Houston Cincinnati Houston Houston UCF Houston UCF
4. East Carolina South Florida East Carolina East Carolina East Carolina East Carolina East Carolina
5. Tulane East Carolina SMU Memphis SMU SMU South Florida
6. SMU SMU Tulane Tulsa Tulsa Tulsa SMU
7. Tulsa Memphis Tulsa South Florida Memphis Memphis Memphis
8. UConn Temple UConn Tulane South Florida South Florida Temple
9. South Florida UConn South Florida UConn Tulane Temple UConn
10. Memphis Tulsa Memphis SMU UConn UConn Tulsa
11. Temple Tulane Temple Temple Temple Tulane Tulane
Conference USA Predicted Order of Finish
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East
1. Marshall* Marshall* Marshall* Marshall* Marshall* Marshall* Marshall*
2. Middle Tennessee Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee FAU Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee
3. W. Kentucky Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee FAU Middle Tennessee W. Kentucky W. Kentucky
4. Old Dominion FAU FAU W. Kentucky W. Kentucky FAU FAU
5. FAU UAB UAB Old Dominion Old Dominion Old Dominion Old Dominion
6. UAB Old Dominion Old Dominion UAB UAB UAB UAB
7. FIU FIU FIU FIU FIU FIU FIU
West
1. Texas-San Antonio Rice Rice Rice Rice Texas-San Antonio Texas-San Antonio
2. Rice Texas-San Antonio Texas-San Antonio Texas-San Antonio North Texas Rice Rice
3. North Texas La. Tech La. Tech North Texas Texas-San Antonio North Texas North Texas
4. La. Tech North Texas North Texas La. Tech La. Tech La. Tech La. Tech
5. UTEP So. Miss So. Miss So. Miss UTEP UTEP So. Miss
6. So. Miss UTEP UTEP UTEP So. Miss So. Miss UTEP
Mid-American Predicted Order of Finish
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East
1. Bowling Green* Bowling Green* Bowling Green* Bowling Green* Ohio Bowling Green Bowling Green*
2. Ohio Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Akron Ohio Ohio
3. Buffalo Ohio Ohio Ohio Buffalo Akron Akron
4. Akron Akron Akron Akron Bowling Green Kent State Buffalo
5. Kent State Kent State Kent State Kent State Kent State Buffalo Kent
6. Miami Ohio Miami Ohio Miami Ohio Miami Ohio Miami Ohio Miami Ohio Miami Ohio
7. UMass UMass UMass UMass UMass UMass UMass
West
1. Toledo N. Illinois N. Illinois N. Illinois Toledo* N. Illinois* Toledo
2. N. Illinois Toledo Toledo Toledo Ball State Toledo N. Illinois
3. Ball State Ball State Ball State Ball State N. Illinois Ball State Ball State
4. C. Michigan C. Michigan C. Michigan C. Michigan C. Michigan C. Michigan C. Michigan
5. W. Michigan W. Michigan W. Michigan W. Michigan W. Michigan W. Michigan W. Michigan
6. E. Michigan E. Michigan E. Michigan E. Michigan E. Michigan E. Michigan E. Michigan
Mountain West Predicted Order of Finish
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Mountain
1. Boise State* Utah State* Boise State* Boise State* Boise State* Boise State* Boise State*
2. Utah State Boise State Utah State Utah State Utah State Utah State Utah State
3. Wyoming Colorado State Colorado State Colorado State Colorado State Colorado State Colorado State
4. Colorado State Wyoming Wyoming Wyoming Air Force Wyoming Air Force
5. Air Force New Mexico Air Force Air Force Wyoming Air Force New Mexico
6. New Mexico Air Force New Mexico New Mexico New Mexico New Mexico Wyoming
West
1. Fresno State Fresno State Nevada Fresno State Nevada Fresno State San Diego State
2. San Diego State San Diego State Fresno State Nevada Fresno State Nevada Fresno State
3. Nevada Nevada San Diego State San Diego State San Diego State San Diego State Nevada
4. UNLV UNLV UNLV San Jose State San Jose State Hawaii UNLV
5. San Jose State San Jose State San Jose State UNLV Hawaii UNLV San Jose State
6. Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii UNLV San Jose State Hawaii
Sun Belt Predicted Order of Finish
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1. UL-Lafayette UL-Lafayette UL-Lafayette UL-Lafayette UL-Lafayette UL-Lafayette South Alabama
2. Arkansas State South Alabama Arkansas State Arkansas State La.-Monroe Arkansas State UL-Lafayette
3. South Alabama Arkansas State La.-Monroe South Alabama South Alabama South Alabama La.-Monroe
4. La.-Monroe La.-Monroe South Alabama La.-Monroe Arkansas State La.-Monroe Arkansas State
5. Texas State Troy Troy Troy Texas State Troy Texas State
6. Troy Georgia Southern Texas State Texas State Troy Texas State Troy
7. Idaho Texas State Appalachian State Georgia Southern Idaho Georgia Southern Appalachian State
8. Appalachian State Georgia State Georgia Southern Appalachian State New Mexico State New Mexico State Idaho
9. Georgia Southern Appalachian State New Mexico State Idaho Georgia Southern Idaho Georgia Southern
10. New Mexico State Idaho Idaho Georgia State Appalachian State Georgia State New Mexico State
11. Georgia State New Mexico State Georgia State New Mexico State Georgia State Appalachian State Georgia State
Independents Predicted Order of Finish
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1. Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame
2. BYU BYU Navy BYU BYU BYU BYU
3. Navy Navy BYU Navy Navy Navy Navy
4. Army Army Army Army Army Army Army

Jameis Winston and defending champ Florida State are a unanimous pick to win the ACC in 2014. (USATSI)
Jameis Winston and defending champ Florida State are a unanimous pick to win the ACC in 2014. (USATSI)
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