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Q: Syracuse hasn't won the national title since 1959, and to win another will likely require a victory over Miami in the Orange Bowl on Oct. 23. Can the Orangemen do something no team has done since Sept. 7, 1985: Win in Miami?
A: Yes, they can. But they won't.
Q: How will the Vols respond to new coach Phillip Fulmer, who was 3-0 last season when he filled in for coach Johnny Majors while Majors recovered from heart surgery?
A: By most accounts the team is already more relaxed than at any time last year. One reason the Vols are happy is because Fulmer has opened up the offense to take advantage of the considerable talents of junior quarterback Heath Shuler (page 66) and three proven tailbacks—Charlie Garner, Aaron Hayden and James (Little Man) Stewart.
Q: Spring practice began with only four scholarship players in the secondary—and all were freshmen. Can they handle the potent offenses of SEC rivals Florida and Georgia?
A: In a word, no. If the defensive backfield doesn't come together soon, the Volunteers will be dead in the pass-happy SEC East. However, coordinator Larry Marmie hopes to shore up the secondary by using junior Ronald Davis, the team's fastest wide receiver, to play some cornerback. A freshman or two from this year's crop—one of the best in the nation—will also pitch in.
Q: Will the Vols, who have lost seven games in a row to Alabama, beat the Tide in Birmingham on Oct. 16?
A: Alabamans are convinced that Tennessee has forgotten how to beat their team. They might be right.