Vandal 2007 Football Schedule Announced

With a brand new FieldTurf-style field scheduled to be installed in the Dome later this spring, Idaho has announced a schedule that will break the new turf in with six home games in Moscow this fall. Counting the "Battle of the Palouse" game against Washington State in Pullman, senior linebacker DAVID VOBORA and the Vandals will play seven games on the Palouse.

"We need to provide our teams with a competitive advantage and we need to provide our fans opportunities to see the Vandals at home," said athletic director Rob Spear.

Mission accomplished as Idaho will play seven games on the Palouse the fall, including six games in the Kibbie Dome.

First Team All-WAC cornerback Stanley Franks
Home dates include Hawaii, Fresno State, Louisiana Tech, Utah State, and 1-AA stalwart Cal Poly. Although Eastern Michigan backed out of their return game with Idaho at the last second, Dr. Spear was able to fill the open home spot with another MAC opponent, the Northern Illinois Huskies. With the Huskies on the schedule, two 2006 bowl teams will be visiting the Kibbie Dome this fall.

The road schedule is rugged, punctuated by tough games at USC, Boise State, and Nevada. Add to the list New Mexico Bowl winner San Jose State, and the road schedule will be plenty challenging for first year head coach Robb Akey.

And, in a series that is rumored to be changing from an annual meeting to possibly an every other year event, the Vandals will take on the always tough Cougs again in Pullman this fall, giving Idaho their seventh game on the Palouse for 2007.

Overall, unlike last season, the Vandals will barely leave Moscow in September, with three home games and the Battle of the Palouse in Pullman. The Boise State game moves back to rivalry week this year, and the Vandals will get their bye week the week before.

Below is a summary of next season's schedule.

QB John David Booty
SEPT 1 - @ USC (Pac-10)
   WHERE: Los Angeles, CA
   2006 record = 11-2, 7-2 Pac-10
   2006 Bowl = Defeated Michigan (Rose Bowl)
   All-Time Record vs Idaho: 7-0

Idaho takes to the road to open the season against the 2006 Pac-10 Champion Trojans and winners of the Rose Bowl. Former Idaho head coach Nick Holt will be prowling the SC sidelines as defensive coordinator of the perrenial powerhouse Trojans. The first time these teams met was as conference mates in 1922 (USC won 14-0). The Trojans won the next two meetings (9-0 in '23 and 13-0 in '24) in LA, then blew Idaho out in Moscow 51-0. They won the next three meetings, and the series ended in '29.

SEPT 8 - Cal Poly (Great Western Football Conference)
   WHERE: Moscow, ID (Kibbie Dome)

   2007 record = 7-4, 2-2 Great Western Conference)
   2007 Playoff Appearance = None
   All-Time Record vs Idaho: 0-1
   Last Meeting: UI won 38-33 (1996)

The last time these teams met (1996), the Vandals came out victorious. This is a tough squad that will be traveling to Moscow to open the Vandals' home schedule. Last year the Mustangs finished the year ranked No. 14 in the College Sporting News poll, defeated San Diego State (16-14) on the road, lost 17-7 to SJSU in Spartan Stadium, and have won 32 games over the last four years.

QB Alex Brink
SEPT 15 - @ Washington State (Pac-10)
   WHERE: Pullman, WA
   2006 record = 6-6, 4-5 Pac-10
   2006 Bowl = None
   All-Time Record vs Idaho: 69-18-3

Idaho's oldest rival, the neighbors and former conference mates first met in 1894 and have played each other 89 times since. The Cougs hold a decisive 69-18-3 margin in the all-time series, but it is a game that energizes the Palouse whenever the teams meet. To add a little fuel to the fire, former WSU defensive coordinator Robb Akey now leads the Vandals and will try to break WSU's six-game winning streak over Idaho (UI last won in back-to-back victories over WSU in '98 and '00).

Sept 22 - Northern Illinois (MAC)
   WHERE: Moscow, ID (Kibbie Dome)

   2006 record = 7-6, 5-3 MAC
   2006 Bowl =
   All-Time Record vs Idaho: 2-2

These two teams first met in 1969 (Northern Illinois victory 47-30), and played a four game series that ended with an Idaho victory (25-24) in Moscow. In all four cases, the home team won. This game was arranged at the last minute after Eastern Michigan backed out of their return date to Moscow (the Vandals defeated them in Michigan in 2004). The Huskies went 7-6 last season, including a 37-7 loss to TCU in the inaugural Poinsettia Bowl.

QB Colt Brennan
Sept 29 - Hawaii
   WHERE: Moscow, ID (Kibbie Dome)

   2007 record = 11-3, 7-1 WAC
   Bowl = Beat Arizona State (Hawaii Bowl)
   All-Time Record vs Idaho: 6-1

Just like in 2005, Idaho will open WAC competition with a home date against rising power Hawaii. Colt Brennan opted to return for his senior season, and he will get a lot of attention as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate. The Warriors hammered most of their WAC opponents last season (including Idaho on the islands), and will be looking continue their winning ways in Moscow. Idaho's lone victory over Hawaii came in a 14-6 victory in 1960 in Honolulu.

October 6 - @ San Jose State
   WHERE: San Jose, CA
   2006 record = 9-4, 5-3 WAC
   Bowl = Defeated New Mexico (New Mexico Bowl)
   All-Time Record vs Idaho: 10-7

The surprise of the WAC last season, SJSU beat Idaho 28-13 in Moscow last year enroute to an impressive 9-4 season and New Mexico Bowl victory over New Mexico. The Spartans hold a 10-7 all-time margin over the Vandals, including two consecutive victories since the schools became conference mates in 2005.

QB Tom Brandstater
October 13 - Fresno State
   WHERE: Moscow, ID (Kibbie Dome)

   2006 record = 4-8, 4-4 WAC
   2006 Bowl = None
   All-Time Record vs Idaho: 5-4

The Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back from a tough 2006 season in which they recorded a highly uncharacterstic 4-8 overall record. Despite their struggles they managed a 34-0 shutout of Idaho in Fresno last fall and took the lead in the all-time series between the schools (5-4 since 1946).

October 20 - @ New Mexico State
   WHERE: Las Cruces, NM
   2006 record = 4-8, 2-6 WAC
   2006 Bowl = None
   All-Time Record vs Idaho: 3-10

The Vandals held back a high-flying New Mexico State team last fall to notch a 28-20 victory over the Aggies. Coach Mumme had the offense rolling last fall. If the defense steps up this fall, this should be another tough WAC opponent. Idaho hasn't lost to NMSU since 35-31 loss to the Aggies in 2002.

October 27 - @ Nevada
   WHERE: Reno, NV
   2006 Record = 8-5, 5-3 WAC
   2006 Bowl = Lost to Miami (MPC Bowl)
   All-Time Record vs Idaho: 15-9

Last fall Nevada beat the Vandals 45-7 in Moscow and went on to post an 8-5 record, including a narrow loss to the Miami Hurricanes in the MPC Bowl in Boise. Overall, the Pack holds a 15-7 all-time advantage over Idaho, with the Vandals' last victory over Nevada coming in 42-33 shootout in Reno in 1999.

November 3 - Louisiana Tech
   WHERE: Moscow, ID (Kibbie Dome)
   2006 record = 3-10, 1-7 WAC
   2006 Bowl = None
   All-Time Record vs Idaho: 1-1

Idaho beat the Bulldogs on the road last season to record their first victory over a previous WAC member since joining the conference in 2004. The victory also evened the series at one win apiece. The 'dogs will be looking to pay the Vandals back under first year head coach.

November 10 - BYE
Late in the season, and likely much welcomed.

RB Ian Johnson
November 17 - @ Boise State
   WHERE: Boise, ID
   2006 Record = 13-0, 8-0 WAC
   Bowl = Defeated Oklahoma (Fiesta Bowl)
   All-Time Record vs Idaho: 18-17-1
Last year in the Kibbie Dome Idaho had BSU onthe ropes midway through the fourth quarter, down by just two points. But the Broncos put together two final scoring drives to win 42-24, and Boise State went on to log a memorable 2007 season, going undefeated (13-0, 8-0 WAC) and beating Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. This isn't the "last" game of the season, but it has been successfully moved back to Rivalry Week. After Idaho built a sizeable lead in the all-time series, dominating the 80s and 90s, the Broncos have rattled off eight straight wins.

November 24 - Utah State
   WHERE: Moscow, ID (Kibbie Dome)
   2006 record = 1-11, 1-7 WAC
   2006 Bowl = None
   All-Time Record vs Idaho: 15-16-2

These teams have met 33 times over the years. The series started with an Idaho 27-15 victory over the Aggies in Logan in 1916, and the Vandals have won the last two meetings, including a 41-21 thumping on the road in Logan last year. Since 1998 Idaho has won 5 of the 7 meetings, and will try to improve on the narrow 16-15-2 advantage they have in the all-time series.

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