Stefanie Loh breaks down the schedule and makes her picks for the 2016 WSU football season.
vs. Eastern Washington
5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks
The Cougs have never lost to Eastern Washington (3-0 all-time). Expect them to keep that streak going.
WSU 49, EWU 21
at Boise State
7:15 p.m., ESPN2
The Broncos have Brett Rypien at quarterback, and a ton of skill players returning on offense, but they’re breaking in a new defensive line.
WSU 35, Boise State 14
11 a.m., Pac-12 Networks
The Vandals have improved under Paul Petrino, but the talent level is still not comparable to that of most FBS Power Five programs.
WSU 62, Idaho 3
The Pac-12 opener will be WSU’s first chance to truly test itself this season. Expect the Cougs and Ducks to duel it out, but the Cougs might just have the edge on offense.
WSU 35, Oregon 28
The Cougs proved last year that they match up fine against Stanford’s Heisman finalist, running back Christian McCaffrey. But this will be a tough one on the road against the cream of the Pac-12.
Stanford 31, WSU 28
UCLA QB Josh Rosen is the Pac-12’s golden boy, but do not overlook this Bruins defense, which returns nine starters, including dominant defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes.
UCLA 32, WSU 31
at Arizona State
This will likely be a rebuilding year for a young Sun Devils team that is breaking in a new quarterback and retooling the offensive line and the defensive secondary.
WSU 45, ASU 24
at Oregon State
Now in Year 2 of the Gary Andersen era, the Beavers are still at least a year away from truly contending in the Pac-12 North. The Cougs should handle this easily.
WSU 48, OSU 17
Rich Rodriguez fired longtime defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and his staffers this offseason. But it’ll likely take a couple of cycles for new DC Marcel Yates to find players who truly fit his scheme.
WSU 42, Arizona 28
You know the Cougs want this one badly after falling just short against Cal the last two years running. With the Golden Bears replacing a plethora of offensive skill players, the Cougs’ veterans will have the edge.
WSU 48, Cal 35
The Buffs should be better than they were in 2015, especially if quarterback Sefo Liufau stays healthy. But “better” doesn’t quite equal “good” yet.
WSU 50, Colorado 21
12:30 p.m., FOX/FS1
This Apple Cup could do what last year’s didn’t – live up to the hype that it might be one of the most meaningful, and tightly contested Apple Cups in the last decade. That Husky defense is ferocious though.
UW 28, WSU 24