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The quest for the National Championship begins, and these artists are in the hunt for the title

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Quarterback Jameis Winston of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates Vizio BCS National Championship Game victory.

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The 2014-15 college football season kicked off on Thursday, so for the next five months, get ready to hear plenty of discussions about just who should play for the National Championship.

In previous years, that decision was left to the computers, which compiled rankings from various polls, considered strength of schedule and crunched inverse numbers in order to put the two best teams on the field for the BCS Championship Game. Not surprisingly, this solution left much to be desired…and not just because sports and algorithms have about as much in common as, well, football and futbol.

This year, things are a bit different: We've finally got a College Football Playoff. But that doesn't mean the polls aren't still important – witness the unveiling of this season's first AP Top 25, which ranked the best teams based on little more than speculation and preseason promise. We read it and thought to ourselves "You know what? This looks easy."

Using that poll as a template, we've created the RS Top 25, our rankings of the best musical acts from this year's college powerhouses. Turns out, it's not as simple as it seemed – some schools have enough famous musical alumni to fill a library, while others required a bit more work (and some stretching of the rules).  No poll is ever going to be perfect.

But, hey, at least we didn't use any math. From George Clinton to Jimi Hendrix, and just about everyone in between, here's our first Top 25. 


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