Stefanie Loh breaks down the 2015 Washington State schedule, game by game.

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Sept. 5

Portland State, 11 a.m., Pac-12 Networks

The home opener will give us an idea of how effective Alex Grinch’s defense is and could set the tone for the season.

Sept. 12

@ Rutgers, 12:30 p.m., ESPNU/ESPN2

Cougs fell just short last year. Both teams are breaking in new QBs. Will Luke Falk get the win that eluded Connor Halliday?

Sept. 19

Wyoming, 5:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

The Cowboys should be better in coach Craig Bohl’s second year, but they’re breaking in a very young defense against the Air Raid.

Oct. 3

@ California

This is a must-win if WSU wants to sniff a bowl game. But which team’s defensive secondary has improved enough to hold off the other team’s high-scoring offense?

Oct. 10

@ Oregon

The Cougs gave the Ducks quite a scare in 2014. With Marcus Mariota gone, can they spring an upset?

Oct. 17

Oregon State

Oregon State is undergoing a major rebuilding phase under new coach Gary Andersen. Cougs need to strike early and finish off the Beavers quickly.

Oct. 24

@ Arizona

Rich Rodriguez and Mike Leach should make a bet — loser has to go lagoon swimming in Speedos. At least we know Leach already has Speedos.

Oct. 31

Stanford

Stanford’s ground-and-pound attack is an anomaly in a Pac-12 sea of spread offenses. Adapt fast or get smashed.

Nov. 7

Arizona State

The Sun Devils won 10 games last season in what was supposedly a “rebuilding year.” That doesn’t bode well for WSU.

Nov. 14

@ UCLA

In theory, if things went as planned with freshman QB Josh Rosen, UCLA should be in top-25 form by this point of the season. In practice? We’ll see.

Nov. 21

Colorado

Buffs are still a couple years away from contending in the Pac-12 South. Cougs need to capitalize at home and build momentum for the Apple Cup.

Nov. 27

@ Washington,

12:30 /1 p.m., Fox/FS1

Depending on how the season unfolds, this game could either a) determine one team’s bowl eligibility or b) become a battle for nothing but pride.