Can anyone stop Notre Dame from winning a fourth consecutive ACC title? Who will battle Baylor for Big 12 supremacy? Are the Buckeyes or Terps the Big Ten favorite?Charlie Creme, Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel break down what to expect in the Power 5 conferences -- and cast their predictions for which team emerges as the regular-season champion.ACCNotre Dame is 47-1 in ACC play the past three seasons since joining the league. With perhaps the best point guard-post player duo in the country in Lindsay Allen and Brianna Turner, that success is expected to continue. Louisville, led by dynamic forwards Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore, is the biggest challenger. Keep an eye on how transfers Chatrice White (Illinois) and Imani Wright (Baylor) impact Florida State and complement its veteran core of Leticia Romero and Shakayla Thomas. Point guard Alexis Peterson is back for Syracuse, which reached last seasons NCAA title game. Miami, Duke and NC State should all be in the mix for NCAA tournament berths. -- Charlie CremeBig 12Baylor has won or tied for the regular-season title six years in a row, and won the league tournament seven of the past eight, including six straight titles. Expect nothing different this season, with the Lady Bears led by senior forward Nina Davis and senior guard Alexis Jones, and incoming star Lauren Cox, a freshman forward. Texas and Oklahoma are the top challengers, with West Virginia and Kansas State in the next tier. Keep an eye on Iowa State guard Seanna Johnson, K-State forward Breanna Lewis and Texas guard Brooke McCarty. The Final Four is in Big 12 territory, at Dallas American Airlines Center. -- Mechelle VoepelBig TenWhen not outscoring opponents 72-0 in the second half of exhibition games, Maryland must blend abundant young talent with Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones. Ohio State needs to mesh transfers Sierra Calhoun, Lianne Harper and Stephanie Mavunga with Kelsey Mitchell. Beyond the favorites, Indianas Tyra Buss, Northwesterns Nia Coffey and Michigans Katelynn Flaherty are talented catalysts with NCAA tournament-worthy supporting casts. The story for much of the league is who isnt around, whether by transfer (Nebraskas Natalie Romeo and Illinois Chatrice White), health (Rutgers Tyler Scaife) or the WNBA (Minnesotas Rachel Banham and Michigan States Aerial Powers). Coach Jonathan Tsipis needs time to build at Wisconsin. -- Graham HaysPac-12For the first time since 1999, UCLA is the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12. Coach Cori Close has systematically rebuilt the program, and led by junior point guard Jordin Canada, the Bruins have taken over the territory that used to be Stanfords domain. Still, the Cardinal are coming off an Elite Eight season, and senior forward Erica McCall will keep Stanford right in the mix. Kelsey Plum, Washingtons all-time leading scorer, is determined to make her final season as memorable as the Huskies first Final Four last April. Oregon State lost three starters, but is also an NCAA tournament-caliber team. Cal and Oregon are young teams on the rise. -- Charlie CremeSECDefending champ South Carolina is favored to win the league again, but challengers include Mississippi State, Tennessee, Florida and Kentucky. The Gamecocks, winners of the past two SEC tournaments, could do that in their home state in 2017 with the event in Greenville, South Carolina. Nine SEC teams made the NCAA tournament last season, with Tennessee the last standing in the Elite Eight. South Carolina forward Aja Wilson, the 2016 SEC Player of the Year, returns. Also look for big performances from Gamecocks center Alaina Coates, Kentucky guard Makayla Epps, Mississippi State forward Victoria Vivians and Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields. -- Mechelle Voepel A.J. 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Terez Hall Jersey . -- The boos poured down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the end of a horrible first half. Everybody has a quarterback, but not everybody feels all that great about it. There arent enough franchise quarterbacks to go around in the NFL, and there sure as heck arent enough reliable backups. So while each of the 32 teams starts the season with high hopes, many of them know the answer to the question at their most important position likely wont turn out to be the one they have right now.With that in mind, we ranked the NFLs 32 teams according to how much confidence they have in their overall quarterback situation -- not just their starter -- to begin the 2016 season.1. Green Bay PackersQB Confidence Index: 9.8Aaron Rodgers is the best there is, and his favorite target is returning. After a year playing backup for QB Jedi Mike McCarthy, Brett Hundley likely could acquit himself pretty well if anything were to happen to Rodgers. The Pack secured the top QB confidence spot once Tom Brady opted to serve his suspension.2. New England PatriotsQB Confidence Index: 9.6Jimmy Garoppolo was ready to go a year ago. He can keep the Jet Ski upright until Brady returns in Week 5. If Brady had been playing all 16, the Patriots might have been a 10.0. Come Week 5, the confidence index will soar.3. Carolina PanthersQB Confidence Index: 9.3Well, they do have the reigning league MVP, and he gets his best receiver (Kelvin Benjamin)?back after not having had him last season because of a knee injury. Cam Newton has missed two games in five years, and backup Derek Anderson won them both.4. Seattle SeahawksQB Confidence Index: 9.1Russell Wilson is always underrated, but his 2015 passer rating was 132.8 over the final seven games, largely without Jimmy Graham and Marshawn Lynch. If Tarvaris Jackson were still the backup instead of Trevone Boykin, Seattle might rank even higher.5. Pittsburgh SteelersQB Confidence Index: 9.1Ben Roethlisbergers completion percentage was up in each of the past five years, to 68.0 in 2015. When hes healthy, Pittsburghs confidence is Ricky Bobby thinking he can live to age 245; if Landry Jones is starting, its Ricky Bobby sticking a knife in his leg to prove he cant walk.6. Arizona CardinalsQB Confidence Index: 8.6When Carson Palmer starts, the Cardinals are 20-4, counting playoffs, the past two seasons. When he doesnt, theyre 5-6. Still, the Cards have confidence in backup Drew Stanton.7. New Orleans SaintsQB Confidence Index: 8.5Drew Brees passing yardage total last season was his lowest since 2010 but was still a league-leading 4,870 yards. At 37, he probably has a couple more years of high-end production.8. Cincinnati BengalsQB Confidence Index: 8.3Andy Dalton was on track for 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns before he got hurt in December. Backup AJ McCarron acquitted himself well in relief. So the Bengals are looking good at QB -- unless it was all some Hue Jackson magic trick.9. San Diego ChargersQB Confidence Index: 8.2Philip Rivers hasnt missed a game since taking over for Brees in 2006. No one threw or completed more passes last season. There are plenty of questions about the group around him, but Rivers is a known quantity in San Diego.10. New York GiantsQB Confidence Index: 8.2Eli Manning hasnt missed a game since taking over for Kurt Warner as the Giants starter in 2004. The past two seasons have been two of his best statistically. Plenty of questions surround the group around him, but the Giants know exactly what they have in Manning.11. Atlanta FalconsQB Confidence Index: 8.1Matt Ryan doesnt miss games, but something seems amiss in Atlanta. Last years Falcons had the leagues top receiver and its seventh-leading rusher, and somehow Ryan came up with only 21 touchdowns against 16 interceptions. Matt Schaub waits in the wings.12. Chicago BearsQB Confidence Index: 7.8What? Are we sure about a confidence rating this high with exciting-as-rye-toast Jay Cutler still under center? His underwhelming career includes one 4,000-yard season ... eight years ago. But the Bears get a bump because Brian Hoyer might be the leagues best backup.13. Indianapolis ColtsQB Confidence Index: 7.8The richest contract in NFL history screams confidence, but Andrew Luck is coming off injury, and veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck has been replaced by Scott Tolzien. No problem if Luck can stay healthy and get that 58.1 career completion percentage up. Until he does, well leave the Colts here.14. Baltimore RavensQB Confidence Index: 6.9Hey, remember Joe Flaccos 2012 playoff run to the Super Bowl? His performance since then hasnt been the same. And did you know he has never passed for 4,000 yards? The Ravens were 2-4 without him last season but only 3-7 with him.15. Detroit LionsQB Confidence Index: 6.4Did you know Matthew Staffords completion percentage last season was a career-high 67.2? That was with Megatron, who is now gone. With veteran Dan Orlovsky backing up, its now a middling situation.16. Oakland RaidersQB Confidence Index: 6.3In the up-and-comers category, Derek Carr is as hot a young QB as this league has. The gains he made in his second year, as well as his four fourth-quarter comebacks, have inflated the Raiders confidence in the 25-year-old.17. Jacksonville JaguarsQB Conffidence Index: 6.dddddddddddd1Fun fact: Blake Bortles backup is still 31-year-old Chad Henne. (We know, right?) Bortles has weapons all around him but has to bring down the interceptions (35 in two years).18. Tampa Bay BuccaneersQB Confidence Index: 5.3Its hard to be confident in any player after one year, but Jameis Winston was everything the Bucs could have hoped for in a rookie. Theres no reason he cant build on it. Backup Mike Glennon has 18 starts, making this situation as solid as any other built around young guys.19. Miami DolphinsQB Confidence Index: 5.1Coach Adam Gase coaxed a steady, productive, drama-free year out of Cutler in Chicago last season, so his confidence should be sky-high. Backup Matt Moore is fine, but its tough for anyone to be confident in Ryan Tannehill, who failed to finish above .500 in any of his first four NFL seasons.20. Washington RedskinsQB Confidence Index: 5.1Nothing against Kirk Cousins in 2015, but he did it in the NFC East, and if Washington were truly confident, it would have talked contract instead of slapping a franchise tag on him. Hes 11-14 as a starter, and his backup is Colt McCoy. This could fall apart in a hurry.21. Kansas City ChiefsQB Confidence Index: 5.1With Alex Smith, youre getting confidence when it comes to avoiding turnovers (no more than seven INTs in a season since 2010). On the flip side, he has had 20 or more TD passes only twice.22.?Minnesota VikingsQB Confidence Index:?4.5From?Teddy Bridgewater?to?Shaun Hill?to?Sam Bradford?in the span of a week, not much has really changed with this one. Bridgewater was just 21st in the league in pass attempts while starting all 16 games last season. Having Peterson makes quarterback confidence less critical, and Bradfords primary job will be to run the offense through the run game and maybe hit a couple of play-action deep shots up the field.23. Buffalo BillsQB Confidence Index: 4.5No one is confident of anything in Buffalo. Tyrod Taylor is a bit like Minnesotas Teddy Bridgewater in that little was asked of him in 2015. His 20 touchdowns and six interceptions indicate the Bills could ask more. Will they? And if he goes down, its unclear whether EJ Manuel has any tricks left.24. Tennessee TitansQB Confidence Index: 4.4The entire league feels confident that Marcus Mariota will be great, but the Titans seem so far away in all other areas that you wonder how hell hold up. Tennessee could move quickly up this list if some questions around Mariota -- at wide receiver and O-line -- get answered early.25. Houston TexansQB Confidence Index: 4.1Any confidence we have in Brock Osweiler stems from the fact that coach Bill OBrien started four different quarterbacks last season and made the playoffs. Osweiler took 23 sacks in his eight games with Denver, so hell feel right at home if the Texans line cant protect him.26. New York JetsQB Confidence Index: 3.9Ryan Fitzpatricks return helps the Jets. But how can we think the Jets have any confidence in him after holding firm for so long on an offer that was half of Osweilers salary?27.?Philadelphia EaglesQB Confidence Index:?3.8It appears they will go with the rookie out of North Dakota State to start the season.?Carson Wentz?almost certainly isnt ready for this, which means there will be some ugly moments. But?Chase Daniel?is in Philadelphia because coach Doug Pederson knows he knows the offense. If things fall apart for the rookie, there is a reasonable safety net in place. But the Eagles are clearly in rebuild, and theyd better be confident they wont wreck Wentz by playing him before hes ready.28. San Francisco 49ersQB Confidence Index: 3.6Blaine Gabbert has beaten out social activist Colin Kaepernick for the starting job, but theres been little indication of long-term confidence in this arrangement. Its possible Kaepernick could start a few games before its over. Its still possible he could end up getting cut. Regardless, Kelly has tremendous confidence in Kelly after coaching the likes of Nick Foles and Sam Bradford to strong seasons in Philadelphia.29. Denver BroncosQB Confidence Index: 3.3All Mark Sanchez had to do was hold off seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian. He couldnt. As a result, the champs will ask Siemian not to steer their repeat train into a ditch while the defense carries them and Paxton Lynch gets ready.30. Dallas CowboysQB Confidence Index: 2.7The Cowboys would be really freaked out about Tony Romos injury if Dak Prescott hadnt had so much success in the preseason. Coaches think hell do fine, but they cant be that confident.31. Los Angeles RamsQB Confidence Index: 1.9Until top pick Jared Goff is ready, its Case Keenum, who has 15 career NFL starts and wasnt invited back to Houston last year. The Rams will take as much time as Goff needs, but theyre hoping its not much.32. Cleveland BrownsQB Confidence Index: 0.8This is easily the NFLs worst QB situation. Robert Griffin III hasnt seen the field since 2014, when his QBR was 33.5. Josh McCown is a good bet to start more games, as is Cody Kessler. ' ' '