Get To Know: Idaho

Lets take a look at Idaho football, and what the Bobcats upcoming opponent has in store as Texas State plays host to the Vandals.

The Vandals hail from Moscow, Idaho, and are on the far western border of the state. The campus sits only eight miles from Pullman, home of the Washington State Cougars.The Idaho system has 4 other satellite campuses and the flagship in Moscow sits on nearly 1,600 acres of land.

(Idaho Football)
Idaho Began playing football in 1893, and have played home games inside Kibbie stadium since 1971, it was enclosed in 1975, and has been domed since. Idaho is 0-4 on the season, and coming to Texas to “play a full game” against the Bobcats. The Cats and Vandals first played in 1990 and have met 6 times total, with a record of 3-3, Texas State winning the last 3 in a row. Idaho has seen success before, mostly in the Big Sky conference where they claimed 8 conference championships (3 shared), but have recently fallen on hard times. Finishing last season at 1-10, and are struggling to keep pace this year as well. The 2013 season was played as an Independent, but the Vandals became a football-only member of the Sun Belt Conference on July 1, 2014.

(Stats from the season)
Idaho is coached by Paul Petrino in his second season at the helm leading the Vandals to a 1-15 record. One would have to presume he may be on a hot seat if they cannot show some type of improvement going forward. A Win over Texas State could be key. Idaho will put up points but they have been outscored by opponents 98-153, still averaging 24.5 points a game. The biggest threat to the team is the points allowed off turnovers, so far at 90. Idaho comes into the contest with an almost one sided attack, they have put up only 257 rushing yards all season, but have 1278 passing yards, with QB Matt Linehan's favorite target being there awards watch list TE, Justin Podrabsky. Similar to Tulsa in the passing department, they have put up 9 passing TD's this season, but have negated that with 8 interceptions.

(Famous Football Alumni)
The Vandals have produced some notable alumni during their time. Former NFL QB John Friesz, former All Pro Guard Jerry Kramer, three time Super Bowl Champion Mark Schlereth, now a part of ESPN's NFL coverage, and most recently, 2010 1st round pick and All-Pro Guard Mike Iupati.

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