Breaking down UW’s schedule: Can anyone but Stanford test the Huskies?

All eyes will be on Palo Alto the second Saturday in November. But who other than Stanford is going to challenge the Huskies this season?

Game 1

Sept. 1 at Rutgers
5 p.m. | FS1

The Huskies will leave a day early to fly across the country, and even get a chance to see the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Rutgers, in Year 2 under Chris Ash, should be better, but the Huskies are a 27-point favorite … and should cover.

Game 2

Sept. 9 vs. Montana
5 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks

The last two FCS teams to visit Husky Stadium have been outscored by a combined 90-3. Montana, a traditional FCS power, is coming off a 6-5 season and doesn’t figure to muster much of a fight.

Game 3

Sept. 16 vs. Fresno State
6:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks

Jeff Tedford, in his first season as the Bulldogs coach, returns to Husky Stadium after working as a UW analyst last season. Fresno State was 1-11 last season; it could be a slow trudge back to respectability.

Game 4

Sept. 23 at Colorado
Game time TBA

The Huskies open Pac-12 play with a rematch of the conference championship game last year. But this is a much different Colorado team, which must rebuild most of its defense.

Game 5

Sept. 30 at Oregon State
Game time TBA

Marysville-Pilchuck product Jake Luton takes over as OSU’s quarterback, and the Beavers might be one of the league’s sleeper teams in Gary Andersen’s third season.

Game 6

Oct. 7 vs. California
Game time TBA

Former Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox returns to Husky Stadium in his first head-coaching role. Cal’s defense should be better, but look for the Bears to fall further behind the pack this year.

Game 7

Oct. 14 at Arizona State
Game time TBA

The Sun Devils won’t be relevant in the Pac-12 title race, but there’s also this: UW hasn’t won in Tempe since 2001.

Game 8

Oct. 28 vs. UCLA
Game time TBA

Trap game? Jim Mora no doubt will be amped for his return to Seattle, and with a healthy Josh Rosen the Bruins could be the Pac-12’s most surprising team.

Game 9

Nov. 4 vs. Oregon
Game time TBA

How long have Husky fans been waiting for this? After ending The Streak with a 70-21 victory in Eugene last year, UW will seek its first triumph over the Ducks in Seattle since 2003.

Game 10

Nov. 10 at…

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