Aug. 30: Washington State (at Seattle)•Breakdown: A good start is needed for the Cowboys to build momentum. The trip to Seattle makes it more difficult for a team that went 2-4 on the road last season, but Washington State is a team in severe rebuilding mode.
•Chance to dirty OSU's season: 42 percent
Sept. 6: vs. Houston•Breakdown: The west end zone will be rockin' for the home opener. And like WSU, Houston is under a first-year coach in Kevin Sumlin. •Chance to dirty OSU's season: 33 percent
Sept. 13: vs. Missouri State•Breakdown: Coasting into the bye week at 3-0. •Chance to dirty OSU's season: 3 percent
Sept. 27: vs. Troy•Breakdown: Time to erase memories of last year's embarrassment. And OSU's home-field advantage will be felt. •Chance to dirty OSU's season: 27 percent
Oct. 4: vs. Texas A&M•Breakdown: Last year's shoulda, woulda, coulda in Aggieland will be erased and OSU will have its fourth 5-0 start since 1945. (The others: 1987, 1997 and 2004) •Chance to dirty OSU's season: 35 percent
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