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2014 College Football Conference Predictions

By Eye on College Football staff

More college football: Jon Solomon | Dennis Dodd | Jeremy Fowler | Latest news

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.ClemsonClemsonClemsonClemsonClemsonLouisvilleClemson
3.LouisvilleLouisvilleLouisvilleLouisvilleNC StateClemsonLouisville
4.SyracuseNC StateBoston CollegeNC StateLouisvilleNC StateSyracuse
5.Boston CollegeSyracuseNC StateBoston CollegeSyracuseSyracuseNC State
6.NC StateBoston CollegeSyracuseSyracuseBoston CollegeBoston CollegeBoston College
7.Wake ForestWake ForestWake ForestWake ForestWake ForestWake ForestWake Forest
Coastal
1.DukeVirginia TechDukeDukeVirginia TechPittsburghVirginia Tech
2.North CarolinaMiamiMiamiVirginia TechMiamiVirginia TechDuke
3.Virginia TechDukeNorth CarolinaMiamiDukeNorth CarolinaNorth Carolina
4.MiamiNorth CarolinaGeorgia TechNorth CarolinaNorth CarolinaMiamiMiami
5.Georgia TechGeorgia TechVirginia TechPittsburghGeorgia TechDukePittsburgh
6.PittsburghPittsburghPittsburghGeorgia TechPittsburghGeorgia TechGeorgia Tech
7.VirginiaVirginiaVirginiaVirginiaVirginiaVirginiaVirginia

Big Ten Predicted Order of Finish
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East
1.Michigan State*Michigan StateOhio State*Ohio State*Ohio State*Ohio State*Ohio State*
2.Ohio StateOhio StateMichigan StateMichigan StateMichigan StateMichigan StateMichigan State
3.Penn StateMichiganMarylandMichiganPenn StateMichiganMichigan
4.MichiganPenn StateMichiganPenn StateMichiganPenn StatePenn State
5.IndianaMarylandPenn StateMarylandMarylandIndianaMaryland
6.MarylandIndianaIndianaIndianaIndianaMarylandIndiana
7.RutgersRutgersRutgersRutgersRutgersRutgersRutgers
West
1.WisconsinNebraska*WisconsinWisconsinIowaIowaWisconsin
2.NebraskaWisconsinNebraskaNebraskaWisconsinWisconsinIowa
3.IowaIowaMinnesotaIowaNebraskaNorthwesternNebraska
4.MinnesotaMinnesotaIowaMinnesotaNorthwesternNebraskaNorthwestern
5.NorthwesternNorthwesternNorthwesternNorthwesternIllinoisIllinoisMinnesota
6.IllinoisIllinoisIllinoisIllinoisMinnesotaMinnesotaIllinois
7.PurduePurduePurduePurduePurduePurduePurdue

Big 12 Predicted Order of Finish
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1.OklahomaBaylorOklahomaOklahomaOklahomaBaylorOklahoma
2.BaylorOklahomaBaylorBaylorBaylorOklahomaBaylor
3.Kansas StateKansas StateKansas StateKansas StateTexasKansas StateKansas State
4.TexasOklahoma StateTexasTexasOklahoma StateTCUTexas
5.Oklahoma StateTexas TechOklahoma StateTCUTCUTexasTexas Tech
6.Texas TechTexasTexas TechOklahoma StateKansas StateOklahoma StateOklahoma State
7.TCUWest VirginiaIowa StateTexas TechTexas TechTexas TechWest Virginia
8.West VirginiaTCUTCUWest VirginiaWest VirginiaWest VirginiaTCU
9.Iowa StateIowa StateWest VirginiaIowa StateIowa StateIowa StateIowa State
10.KansasKansasKansasKansasKansasKansasKansas

Pac-12 Predicted Order of Finish
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North
1.Oregon*Oregon*Oregon*Oregon*StanfordOregonOregon*
2.StanfordStanfordStanfordStanfordOregonWashingtonWashington
3.WashingtonWashingtonWashingtonWashingtonWashingtonStanfordStanford
4.Washington StateOregon StateOregon StateOregon StateWashington StateOregon StateOregon State
5.Oregon StateCalWashington StateWashington StateOregon StateWashington StateWashington State
6.CalWashington StateCalCalCalCalCal
South
1.UCLAUCLAUCLAUCLAUCLA*USC*UCLA
2.USCArizona StateArizona StateUSCArizonaUCLAUSC
3.Arizona StateUSCUSCArizona StateArizona StateArizonaArizona
4.ArizonaArizonaArizonaArizonaUSCArizona StateArizona State
5.UtahUtahUtahUtahUtahUtahUtah
6.ColoradoColoradoColoradoColoradoColoradoColoradoColorado

SEC Predicted Order of Finish
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East
1.South CarolinaSouth Carolina*Georgia*GeorgiaSouth CarolinaSouth CarolinaGeorgia
2.GeorgiaGeorgiaSouth CarolinaSouth CarolinaGeorgiaGeorgiaSouth Carolina
3.MissouriFloridaMissouriFloridaFloridaFloridaFlorida
4.FloridaMissouriFloridaMissouriTennesseeMissouriMissouri
5.VanderbiltTennesseeTennesseeTennesseeMissouriTennesseeTennessee
6.TennesseeVanderbiltVanderbiltKentuckyKentuckyKentuckyKentucky
7.KentuckyKentuckyKentuckyVanderbiltVanderbiltVanderbiltVanderbilt
West
1.Alabama*AuburnAlabamaAlabama*Auburn*Alabama*Alabama*
2.AuburnAlabamaAuburnLSUAlabamaAuburnLSU
3.LSUOle MissLSUAuburnLSULSUAuburn
4.Texas A&MLSUTexas A&MOle MissTexas A&MOle MissOle Miss
5.Miss StateMiss StateOle MissTexas A&MOle MissMiss StateTexas A&M
6.Ole MissTexas A&MMiss StateMiss StateMiss StateTexas A&MMiss State
7.ArkansasArkansasArkansasArkansasArkansasArkansasArkansas

American Athletic Conference Predicted Order of Finish
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1.CincinnatiHoustonCincinnatiCincinnatiHoustonCincinnatiCincinnati
2.UCFUCFUCFUCFCincinnatiUCFHouston
3.HoustonCincinnatiHoustonHoustonUCFHoustonUCF
4.East CarolinaSouth FloridaEast CarolinaEast CarolinaEast CarolinaEast CarolinaEast Carolina
5.TulaneEast CarolinaSMUMemphisSMUSMUSouth Florida
6.SMUSMUTulaneTulsaTulsaTulsaSMU
7.TulsaMemphisTulsaSouth FloridaMemphisMemphisMemphis
8.UConnTempleUConnTulaneSouth FloridaSouth FloridaTemple
9.South FloridaUConnSouth FloridaUConnTulaneTempleUConn
10.MemphisTulsaMemphisSMUUConnUConnTulsa
11.TempleTulaneTempleTempleTempleTulaneTulane

Conference USA Predicted Order of Finish
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East
1.Marshall*Marshall*Marshall*Marshall*Marshall*Marshall*Marshall*
2.Middle TennesseeWestern KentuckyWestern KentuckyMiddle TennesseeFAUMiddle TennesseeMiddle Tennessee
3.W. KentuckyMiddle TennesseeMiddle TennesseeFAUMiddle TennesseeW. KentuckyW. Kentucky
4.Old DominionFAUFAUW. KentuckyW. KentuckyFAUFAU
5.FAUUABUABOld DominionOld DominionOld DominionOld Dominion
6.UABOld DominionOld DominionUABUABUABUAB
7.FIUFIUFIUFIUFIUFIUFIU
West
1.Texas-San AntonioRiceRiceRiceRiceTexas-San AntonioTexas-San Antonio
2.RiceTexas-San AntonioTexas-San AntonioTexas-San AntonioNorth TexasRiceRice
3.North TexasLa. TechLa. TechNorth TexasTexas-San AntonioNorth TexasNorth Texas
4.La. TechNorth TexasNorth TexasLa. TechLa. TechLa. TechLa. Tech
5.UTEPSo. MissSo. MissSo. MissUTEPUTEPSo. Miss
6.So. MissUTEPUTEPUTEPSo. MissSo. MissUTEP

Mid-American Predicted Order of Finish
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East
1.Bowling Green*Bowling Green*Bowling Green*Bowling Green*OhioBowling GreenBowling Green*
2.OhioBuffaloBuffaloBuffaloAkronOhioOhio
3.BuffaloOhioOhioOhioBuffaloAkronAkron
4.AkronAkronAkronAkronBowling GreenKent StateBuffalo
5.Kent StateKent StateKent StateKent StateKent StateBuffaloKent
6.Miami OhioMiami OhioMiami OhioMiami OhioMiami OhioMiami OhioMiami Ohio
7.UMassUMassUMassUMassUMassUMassUMass
West
1.ToledoN. IllinoisN. IllinoisN. IllinoisToledo*N. Illinois*Toledo
2.N. IllinoisToledoToledoToledoBall StateToledoN. Illinois
3.Ball StateBall StateBall StateBall StateN. IllinoisBall StateBall State
4.C. MichiganC. MichiganC. MichiganC. MichiganC. MichiganC. MichiganC. Michigan
5.W. MichiganW. MichiganW. MichiganW. MichiganW. MichiganW. MichiganW. Michigan
6.E. MichiganE. MichiganE. MichiganE. MichiganE. MichiganE. MichiganE. 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 StateBoise StateUtah StateUtah StateUtah StateUtah StateUtah State
3.WyomingColorado StateColorado StateColorado StateColorado StateColorado StateColorado State
4.Colorado StateWyomingWyomingWyomingAir ForceWyomingAir Force
5.Air ForceNew MexicoAir ForceAir ForceWyomingAir ForceNew Mexico
6.New MexicoAir ForceNew MexicoNew MexicoNew MexicoNew MexicoWyoming
West
1.Fresno StateFresno StateNevadaFresno StateNevadaFresno StateSan Diego State
2.San Diego StateSan Diego StateFresno StateNevadaFresno StateNevadaFresno State
3.NevadaNevadaSan Diego StateSan Diego StateSan Diego StateSan Diego StateNevada
4.UNLVUNLVUNLVSan Jose StateSan Jose StateHawaiiUNLV
5.San Jose StateSan Jose StateSan Jose StateUNLVHawaiiUNLVSan Jose State
6.HawaiiHawaiiHawaiiHawaiiUNLVSan Jose StateHawaii

Sun Belt Predicted Order of Finish
Finish

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Patterson
1.UL-LafayetteUL-LafayetteUL-LafayetteUL-LafayetteUL-LafayetteUL-LafayetteSouth Alabama
2.Arkansas StateSouth AlabamaArkansas StateArkansas StateLa.-MonroeArkansas StateUL-Lafayette
3.South AlabamaArkansas StateLa.-MonroeSouth AlabamaSouth AlabamaSouth AlabamaLa.-Monroe
4.La.-MonroeLa.-MonroeSouth AlabamaLa.-MonroeArkansas StateLa.-MonroeArkansas State
5.Texas StateTroyTroyTroyTexas StateTroyTexas State
6.TroyGeorgia SouthernTexas StateTexas StateTroyTexas StateTroy
7.IdahoTexas StateAppalachian StateGeorgia SouthernIdahoGeorgia SouthernAppalachian State
8.Appalachian StateGeorgia StateGeorgia SouthernAppalachian StateNew Mexico StateNew Mexico StateIdaho
9.Georgia SouthernAppalachian StateNew Mexico StateIdahoGeorgia SouthernIdahoGeorgia Southern
10.New Mexico StateIdahoIdahoGeorgia StateAppalachian StateGeorgia StateNew Mexico State
11.Georgia StateNew Mexico StateGeorgia StateNew Mexico StateGeorgia StateAppalachian StateGeorgia State

Independents Predicted Order of Finish
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Patterson
1.Notre DameNotre DameNotre DameNotre DameNotre DameNotre DameNotre Dame
2.BYUBYUNavyBYUBYUBYUBYU
3.NavyNavyBYUNavyNavyNavyNavy
4.ArmyArmyArmyArmyArmyArmyArmy

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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