Returning starters: 17 (offense, 8; defense, 7; special teams, 2)
Key losses: Nick Chournos, RB; James McCowan, DB.
Key additions: Sione Havili, RB; Lynzell Jackson, WR; Terry Larsen, WR.
Key games: Oct. 1 at Montana and Oct. 22 at Eastern Washington. If the Wildcats want a shot at the Big Sky title, they will need to find a way to defeat one or both of the two conference favorites on the road.
Whom to watch: Brady Fosmark. The all-American defensive end is a half a sack away from the all-time school record.
Best-case scenario: The Wildcats get through the season without serious injuries and find a way to win on the road. With renewed community support, WSU sells out each home game, resulting in several wins at Stewart Stadium.
Worst-case scenario: Injuries to key players decimate the roster, resulting in frustrating home losses and disappointed fans. Early season losses also cause players to lose confidence in Ron McBride's system and fall into old habits.