1. CSU, @Toledo, Wyoming - This set of games could set the tone for the rest of the year. Gaining confidence and staying healthy could be pivotal before some tough road games. A loss here could mean bad things to come. Two teams have 1st year head coaches and one team has a 2nd year coach. 2. @WVU, @Texas, Kansas - This set is as tough as it gets. Two to three wins here compared to zero could be the difference between the Holiday Bowl and the Independence Bowl/no bowl. 3. @KSU, Missouri, A&M - A winnable road game and 2 winnable home games. This is our only stretch of the season where we get back to back home games. If things get ugly in the previous 3, the way we respond in these 3 could determine whether we make a bowl game or not. 4. @ISU, @OSU, NU - Hate traveling to ISU in November. OSU was kind to us last time we traveled to Stillwater (34-0 win following an ugly loss in Boulder the year before). Is this our upset of the year? Do we close the season out strong with a win over NU? Finishing strong in Hawkins 4th year could give us a big boost in recruiting.