Vandals announce 2011 football schedule

THIS AFTERNOON THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO ANNOUNCED the 2011 Vandal football schedule, kicking off with three home games in the renovated Dome in the month of September, including the home opener against Bowling Green on Thursday night (September 1st) and ending with a December 3rd matchup at Nevada. In between the Vandals take on Texas A&M, Virginia, and Brigham Young in non-conference games.

The following is an official press release from the University of Idaho Vandal Athletics Media Relations.

The University of Idaho football team opens the 2011 season with back-to-back games in Moscow for the first time since 1991 and only the sixth time since 1930 when the Vandals take on Bowling Green State University on Sept. 1 and the University of North Dakota on Sept.10.

"We're opening with a rematch of the most exciting bowl game in bowl-game history," coach Robb Akey said of the Sept. 1 rematch of the Vandals vs. Falcons 2009 Humanitarian Bowl game. "That will be great."

That's not all Akey likes about the 2011 season. The opportunity to open Western Athletic Conference play at home against Fresno State (Sept. 24) is a positive, he says, as are byes before Hawai`i comes to Moscow Oct. 29 and before the Vandals travel to Nevada to close the regular season Dec. 3.

In between are non-conference trips to Texas A&M (Sept. 17), the University of Virginia (Oct. 1) and Brigham Young University (Nov. 12) along with the remainder of the WAC schedule – at New Mexico State and San Jose State with home contests against Louisiana Tech and Utah State.

"To have two byes is a positive," Akey said. "I'm looking forward to the day we get started but I'm looking more forward to getting spring ball started Thursday (March 24)."

Date - Opponent (2010 record)
9/01 (Thu.) - Bowling Green (2-10, 1-7 MAC)
9/10 (Sat.) - North Dakota (3-8, 0-4 Great West)
9/17 (Sat.) - @ Texas A&M (9-4, 6-2 Big 12)
9/24 (Sat.) - Fresno State (8-5, 5-3 WAC)
10/01 (Sat.) - @ Virginia (4-8, 1-7 ACC)
10/08 (Sat.) - Louisiana Tech (5-7, 4-4 WAC)
10/15 (Sat.) - @ New Mexico State (2-10, 1-7 WAC)
10/22 (Sat.) - BYE
10/29 (Sat) - Hawaii (10-4, 7-1 WAC)
11/05 (Sat.) - @ San Jose State (1-12, 0-8 WAC)
11/12 (Sat.) - @ BYU (7-6, 5-3 MWC)
11/19 (Sat.) - Utah State (4-8, 2-6 WAC)
11/26 (Sat.) - BYE
12/03 (Sat.) - @ Nevada (13-1, 7-1 WAC)

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