There were four ACC teams that finished with losing records in 2011: Wake Forest (6-7), Boston College (4-8), Maryland (2-10), and Duke (3-9).
Of those four teams, which one will make the quickest turnaround? Here's my prediction:
1. Wake Forest: For starters, the Deacs don't have as far to climb as the others. Wake Forest looked ahead of schedule last year and was a surprise contender to win the Atlantic Division. The biggest concern for Wake Forest is up front, where it will lose four starters on the offensive line. They also have to replace running back Brandon Pendergrass.
2. Boston College: The Eagles could be one of the surprise teams in the ACC in 2012. Last year's roster was filled with underclassmen, including quarterback Chase Rettig. The running back position has enough depth even without Montel Harris, and first-year coordinator Doug Martin said the offensive line should be one of the team's most improved groups. The receivers remain a question. The defense -- and entire team -- will miss linebacker Luke Kuechly, but with 16 starters back, including seven on defense, the Eagles should be able to still show improvement.
3. Duke: The nonconference schedule is conducive to a 3-1 start, and a little confidence could go a long way in Durham. With 17 starters returning, including quarterback Sean Renfree, a bowl appearance isn't farfetched. Coach David Cutcliffe is convinced the program is still headed in the right direction, but until the Blue Devils start to back it up with more Ws, expectations will remain low.
4. Maryland: The Terps have the biggest leap to make after a 2-10 season, but they also have to adjust to two new coordinators. The biggest reason Maryland comes up last here is because of the turnover they've had on the roster, most notably at the quarterback position. After the transfer of former starter Danny O'Brien, C.J. Brown is now the lone option. Is he the answer, though?
Which team do you think will make the quickest turnaround in 2012 and finish with a winning record? Cast your votes now.