The first reaction has to be that the home schedule in even years is terribly boring. Aside from USC on September 17th, there isn't a single home game that quickens the pulse. There's no one really to blame for this, obviously. A few years ago, during the first season of Levi's Stadium, there was a preliminary agreement between Stanford and Cal to play the 2014 Big Game at Levi's and push what would've been Cal's home game to 2015. This would've helped Stanford's home schedule issue tremendously, putting two of its marquee opponents, Notre Dame and Cal, on an opposite rotation.
But the Bears backed out, so Stanford is stuck with Oregon, Notre Dame, and Cal in the odd years, and USC in the even years. Games with those teams will always be high interest, but everything else is cyclical. Twenty years ago, who would've thought anyone on either side would be interested in Stanford vs. Oregon? It just happens that right now the rest of the schools on the even-year home slate are kind of vanilla.
My next thought is that weeks three through seven will be more than difficult, one of the tougher stretches in the conference, I'm sure.
Anyway, here's a quick review of the schedule with some preliminary thoughts on each team.