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Old 14.02.2017, 07:55 PM
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Day 9: Idaho Vandals



Location: Moscow, Idaho

Introduction: Started play in 1917, dropped down to the FCS at it's formation, moved back up to the FBS in 1996, where they have been members of the now defunct Big West, the Sun Belt, the now defunct WAC, an FBS independent, and currently back to the Sun Belt.

In August 2016, with the NCAA deciding that conferences could host a conference championship game with only 10 teams rather than the previous requisite of 12 the Sun Belt decided to jettison both New Mexico State and Idaho, as a result Idaho made the decision to drop down to the FCS rather than playing as an FBS independent, in doing so they became the only school since the FBS/FCS split to opt to drop down. As a result 2017 will be their final season as a FBS school.

Biggest achievement: The team immediately following the step up to the FBS, under head coach Chris Tormey they were able to go 27-18 over 4 seasons, including a 42-35 victory over Southern Mississippi in the 1998 Humanitarian Bowl.

The 2016 season, with all the uncertainty surrounding their future Idaho were able to have one great (by their standards) season, going 9-4 and earning themselves a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl victory (61-50 over Colorado State).

Biggest failure: During their 74 season in the FBS they have managed just 13 winning season, including only 5 in the 21 seasons since returning to the FBS, the lowest point came between 2001 and 2008, when they went a combined 18-76 (0.191). Or wait, maybe it was the 5 seasons between 2011 and 2015 when they went a combined 9-50 (0.153)

Rivals: Boise State, first meeting was in 1971, for all but 4 years (the 4 Idaho were in the Sun Belt) it has been a conference game, Boise State lead the series 22-17-1, having won the last 12 (with a combined score of 603-214). The game hasn't been played since the break up of the WAC in 2010, no future football or basketball games are scheduled between the two schools.

Washington State, the two first meet in 1894, they had meet 91 times in total, with Washington State leading the series 72-16-3, the most recent meeting was in 2016, and the next meeting is scheduled for 2020. With the schools being only 8 miles apart it has lead to the tradition of students from the losing school walking to the winner's school, and getting a life back to campus from the winners a tradition called The Loser's Walk.

Head coach: Paul Petrino, the former Carroll (NAIA) QB, began coaching as the OC at Carroll shortly after graduation, Idaho is his first head coaching job. Went 6-29 in his first 3 seasons, before turning it around in 2016, winning the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Was named the 2016 Sun Belt coach of the year. Paul's brother Bobby is the current head coach at Louisville.

Notable current players: Aikeem Coleman, DE, 2016 Sun Belt's newcomer of the year, 2nd team All Sun Belt.

Notable former players: Quinton Bradley, 2015 All Sun Belt.

Mike Iupati, 2009 consensus All American, 2010 1st round draft pick, first team all pro, 4 time pro bowler.

Jerry Kramer, 1958 4th round pick, 5 time first team All Pro.

Wayne Walker, 1958 4th round pick, 1 time first team All Pro, 3 time pro bowler.

Stadium: Kibbie Dome, opened 1971, converted to a dome in 1974, 15,200 capacity (2nd smallest stadium in the FBS, behind Charlotte's Jerry Richardson Stadium).

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