Rival Survival: Idaho University

Learn about App State's new Sun Belt rivals. School by school, App State Mania will guide you through the conference, revealing each university. The academics, the athletics, and the rivalries; everything you'll need to know when it's time to go to battle.

Idaho’s only university for 71 years today serves nearly 12,500 students across five campuses throughout the state. Idaho offers opportunities through 130 bachelors programs, 88 master’s degrees, and 32 doctorial options. Academics are centered within colleges of:

Agricultural and Life Sciences

Art and Architecture

Business and Economics



Graduate Studies


Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Natural Resources


Located in Moscow, ID, at the extreme Northwestern border with Washington, the university is spread across nearly 1,600 acres at an elevation of 2,600 feet. A campus icon is Hello Walk, a pathway leading through campus and past statues and landmarks that define university history. It’s called Hello Park thanks to 1920s university president, Alfred Upham, who made it a point to say, “Hello,” to anyone he passed on the path. This became an Idaho tradition for everyone at the school.

US News and World Report ranks Idaho 161st among national universities in their most recent review.

In addition to recent losing seasons on the football field, Idaho has struggled against the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rating (APR) standards. For the 2014 season, Idaho Football received an NCAA level one penalty, relative to APR performance, which limits in-season practice to five days and 16 hours of countable activity per week. The football program is also prohibited from postseason play this season, as well.

Idaho is a football-only member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Vandals host games at the Sun Belt’s only indoor football facility, the Kibble Dome, which is the nation’s smallest FBS stadium with a 16,000 seating capacity for football.

Idaho competed at the I-AA level from 1978-1995, making the playoffs 11 times. Since moving back to FBS Idaho has played in two Humanitarian Bowls, winning each. From 1980-2000, Idaho also claimed seven Big Sky/Big West Conference championships, but haven’t won another since 1998. The football program has had only one winning season since 2000.

Coach Paul Petrino is the younger brother of often-controversial NFL/college coach Bobby Petrino, now at Louisville. Several notable offensive line stars have been Vandals, including NFL all-pros Jerry Kramer, Mark Schlereth, and Mike Iupati.

As a single-sport member of the Sun Belt, and a geographically distant one at that, true rivalries may be difficult to develop. Idaho has won just four games in the past three seasons, making the season finale in Boone a very winnable game for the Mountaineers.

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