One of the reasons Florida State is receiving so many votes of confidence this preseason is because the Noles return 18 starters -- more than any other team in the ACC. If that's the biggest reason for optimism, though, the rest of the league better look out for Duke, Boston College and Maryland -- all of which return 17 starters. Virginia? The Hoos could be in trouble.
According to the ACC, here's a look at returning starters (including specialists) in the league for 2012:
Florida State: 18
Boston College: 17
NC State: 16
North Carolina: 15
Virginia Tech: 13
Wake Forest: 12
What will make this year's race so interesting is the amount of experience returning at the quarterback position. If you look at the percentage of passing yards returning for each team, six schools -- Florida State, Boston College, Duke, NC State, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech -- return 100 percent of their passing yards from 2011. North Carolina (.944), Wake Forest (.970), and Virginia (.988) aren't far behind.
Miami (.107) and Maryland (.333) will both go through a transition there, as the Terps will rely on C.J. Brown full time and Miami enters the summer with a good competition between Stephen Morris and Ryan Williams.