A: With open arms and clenched fists. Every school will be pointing toward its game against Penn State. It's too much to expect this team to beat a psyched-up Iowa or Ohio State on the road or Michigan at home.
17. Boston College
Q: The Eagles' three losses last year—to Notre Dame, Syracuse and Tennessee—came by a combined score of 119-40. How will coach Tom Coughlin keep this team in big games?
A: He'll rely on quarterback Glenn Foley. A fifth-year senior, Foley is a born leader (his father, Ed, played quarterback for BC from 1963 to '65). Last season Foley passed for 2,231 yards to move into second-place on the Eagles' alltime passing list, behind Doug Flutie. It doesn't hurt that Foley has an outstanding crop of receivers, led by tight end Pete Mitchell. Coughlin won't have to wait long to find out what this year's team is made of. The opener on Sept. 4 is against Miami.
Q: What makes coach Gary Gibbs, who has a 1-10-1 record against Colorado, Nebraska and Texas, think the Sooners can beat those teams this year?
A: These Sooners are better than last year's. Quarterback Cale Gundy will benefit from working with new offensive coordinator Watson Brown, who's known for his ability to teach the passing game. The ground attack, which ranked only 49th in the nation last season, should be aided by freshman tailback James Allen, who was rated by some experts as the nation's top schoolboy running back in '92. The defense will be built around outside linebacker Aubrey Beavers, whose 11½ sacks last season surpassed the school record of 10 set by Tony Casillas in 1984.
Q: What will it take to satisfy the increasingly frustrated Sooner fans?
A: They'll be happy if their team goes 3-8—as long as the three wins are against Colorado, Nebraska and Texas.