Every year for what feels like decades Miami Hurricanes fans and college football analysts across the nation ask themselves one question: “Is the ‘U’ back?”

A little over a week out from the start of the 2017 season, and the answer is yes, according to ESPN’s Paul Finebaum.

“I think the U is back,” he said on SportsCenter. “And amazingly Mark Richt got fired from Georgia and wouldn’t it be remarkable if a former Miami quarterback — who doesn’t look like he belonged at Miami because he was too clean-cut — leads the Hurricanes back to prominence?”

Before declaring the return of the Canes, Finebaum was asked about which teams outside the Top 15 could be a possible playoff contender. He named Northwestern, Louisville, and Miami (ranked No. 18).

The one major question for the Canes, who will be bringing back a potentially dominant front seven on defense, is on offense, especially at quarterback. They named Malik Rosier the starter today. He’s the most experienced passer on the roster but it’s not by much, having just one career start (at Duke in 2015).

The goal for whoever sticks at QB this season, whether it be athletic freshman N’Kosi Perry, Evan Shirriffs, or Rosier, will be to protect the football and ride what should be a potent run game backed up by a dynamic defense.

The good news is we’ll know very early on in the season whether Miami is truly back. A monstrous test awaits them in Week 3 at No. 3 Florida State. Lose that one and their playoff hopes will likely be vanquished.