Q: The Hurricanes, a team that was embarrassed 34-13 by Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, lost nine starters on offense and six on defense. Just how deep is Miami's talent pool?
A: Bottomless. The Hurricanes will be loaded with gifted players who are willing to brag about how good they are. Says safety Tern's Harris, this year's team spokesman, "I want to help this team go 12-0 and get another ring. Hopefully we can get back to the Sugar Bowl and play Alabama again and just bruise them. I'm talking no remorse."
Q: Who will replace the Ruthless Posse, that group of four talented—and talkative—receivers?
A: The Afros, which is an acronym for America's Finest Receivers on Saturday. Their names are Jonathan Harris, Chris Jones and A.C. Tellison.
Q: Is coach Dennis Erickson adding a two-back set because he lacks confidence in junior quarterback Frank Costa, who's taking over for '92 Heisman winner Gino Torretta?
A: Maybe. But maybe he's doing it to take advantage of a surfeit of running backs and four offensive linemen who weigh at least 295 pounds. Don't worry too much about Costa: Miami's four national titles have come in odd-numbered years and with first-year starters at quarterback.
Q: The Orangemen must replace three offensive linemen from a team that averaged 433.5 yards per game. How good will the offense be this year?
A: Very. With senior quarterback Marvin Graves, who's already the school's alltime passing leader, Syracuse will have one of the most high-powered attacks in the nation, new linemen or not. Graves's main targets will be flanker Shelby Hill, who might be a better deep threat than Qadry Ismail, and tailback Terry Richardson, who'll wear the famed number 44 that once belonged to Jim Brown, Floyd Little and Ernie Davis.