|2014 Football Schedule|
MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Vandals jump right into the thick of things when the 2014 football season opens with them at Florida on Aug. 30 followed by their Sun Belt Conference opener at Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 6.
“It will be fun for the guys to go play in the opener at Florida in the Swamp,” second-year head coach Paul Petrino said. “The second game will be a big game for us at Louisiana-Monroe. It’s our first conference game; a game that will be exciting to go down there and play.”
The Vandals then have a pair of non-conference games (Sept. 13 vs. Western Michigan and Sept. 20 at Ohio University) before heading back into Sun Belt action with games vs. South Alabama (Sept. 27), at Texas State (Oct. 4), at Georgia Southern (Oct. 11), vs. New Mexico State (Oct. 18) and vs. Arkansas State (Nov. 1) before a break from league action at San Diego State on Nov. 8. They wrap up the regular-season with a home game vs. Troy (Nov. 15) and a road game at Appalachian State on Nov. 29. Idaho has byes on Oct. 25 and Nov. 22.
Idaho will celebrate Hall of Fame Weekend, Dads’ Weekend and Ag Days during the Sep. 27 game vs. South Alabama; Homecoming is Oct. 18 vs. New Mexico State; Military Appreciation Day is Nov. 1 vs. Arkansas State, and Senior Day is Nov. 15 vs. Troy.
Having a conference home, Petrino said, is significant.
“We’re excited to be in a conference,” he said of Idaho’s return to the Sun Belt, where the Vandals played from 2001-04.
He also stressed the importance of winning at home.
“You have to win at home,” he said. “It will important for us to make (the Kibbie Dome) a tough place to play. We need to win our home games.”
The Vandals kick off spring football on March 28 at 4 p.m. They follow with practices March 30 at 3 p.m. and at 4 p.m. on April 2, 4, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18, 21 and 24. They have scrimmages at 10 a.m. on April 5, at 4 p.m. on April 11 and at 10 a.m. on April 19. the annual Spring Game is april 25 at 7:30 p.m.
On April 5, the coaching staff will have its second annual Football 101. The Paul Petrino Golf Tournament is April 26.