Attention all college football fanbases that suffered through the 2012 season: Your team may be a lot better in 2013.
Yes, perhaps the only silver lining of a campaign filled with pain and angst is the possibility that just around the bend is the glory you’ve been long dreaming of.
To illustrate, consider Oregon State, a team that went 3-9 in 2011 and soared back with a 9-4 campaign in 2012.
Another fine recent example of this phenomenon comes via Ohio State, which finished its 2011 campaign 6-7 and turned things around effectively enough to streak to a 12-0 record in 2012.
The truth is the cyclical nature of personnel turnover in college football combined with fluctuating strengths of schedules from season to season means that last year’s dog can be the belle of this year’s ball.
Frankly, this is a message of hope for the 50 or so FBS squads that finished under the .500 mark in 2012.
The following slideshow looks ahead to 2013 and pinpoints seven college football teams that may be the most improved programs this coming season.
For a variety of reasons, these clubs will not only thrill their own somewhat beleaguered fanbases, but they’ll also garner the attention and respect of the entire college football nation.
Returning starter data provided here comes via the delicate yet heavy hitting numerical stylings of Phil Steele.