College Football: 10 Schools Poised for Huge Turnarounds in 2013

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College Football: 10 Schools Poised for Huge Turnarounds in 2013
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Notre Dame had a huge turnaround in 2012 with a perfect regular season that earned it a battle with Alabama for the national title.

Huge turnarounds are what college football is all about. While national championships are wonderful, but there's no feeling like watching your team win one after a long drought.

There's something about the sweetness of the victories during that season that is infinitely more intense than almost any other game during a period of sustained success.

Prior to the 2009 National Championship, Alabama hadn't won that title since the 1992 season.

Prior to the 2010 National Championship, the Auburn Tigers only had one national title, back in 1957.

When your team is down, the "we'll be back" mentality almost immediately sets in. Sometimes it's years later, and other times it's decades later when your team returns to prominence. Eventually, it happens.

There is nothing like the feeling of a national (or conference) championship after more than a decade of hoping you can back into the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. No offense to the Potato Bowl, but it's not exactly a destination bowl for teams like Texas or Notre Dame.

From coaching changes to injury issues, the 2012 season was terrible for many nationally recognizable schools. Luckily, those very coaching changes could be the keys to success next year.

Here are 10 schools that are poised for major turnarounds in the 2013 season.

*Ranking was determined first by expected improvement over 2012's season, measured in number of wins. After the teams were arranged, the individual groups (two wins better, three wins better, etc.) were sorted by predicted total number of wins in 2013.

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