Some of the highest-profile stories heading into the 2012 season revolve around teams that are primed to make the jump from very good to great. This anticipated improvement is a key to why the USC Trojans, Georgia Bulldogs, Florida State Seminoles, Michigan Wolverines and South Carolina Gamecocks are all currently ranked in the top 10 in both major polls.
As intriguing as those stories are, the most compelling tales in a college season often occur with clubs that notch significant win improvements and make the leap from a losing team to a winning one.
Here are five teams that could fit that description by adding three to four victories to their 2011 total and earning trips to bowl games this season (except for our first team).
2011 record: 6-7
The Buckeyes lead this list because they're now led by Urban Meyer, a coach with a track record of turnarounds at Bowling Green (2-9 the season before Meyer arrived, 8-3 in Meyer's first year), Utah (5-6 to 10-2) and Florida (7-5 to 9-3).
Meyer's success came about in part because of his genius in customizing offensive game plans to suit his players' strengths, and this underrated Buckeyes squad has more than a few positives on that side of the ball.