|1948 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Conference|
|1948 record||3–6 (1–5 PCC)|
|Home stadium||Neale Stadium|
|1948 Pacific Coast Conference football standings|
|No. 4 California ^ +||6||–||0||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|No. 9 Oregon +||7||–||0||–||0||9||–||2||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1948 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1948 college football season. The Vandals were led by second-year head coach Dixie Howell and were members of the Pacific Coast Conference. Home games were played on campus at Neale Stadium in Moscow, with one game in Boise at Public School Field.
Idaho was 3–6 overall and won one of their six PCC games; future schedules had fewer conference matchups. A night game was played in late September in Salt Lake City, a loss to Utah.
The Vandals' losing streak in the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State reached twenty games, with a 14–19 loss in Pullman on October 30. Idaho tied the Cougars two years later, but the winless streak continued until 1954.
In the rivalry game with Montana in Moscow a week earlier, Idaho won 39–0 to regain the Little Brown Stein. Montana won it back two years later with a one-point upset, then the Vandals won eight straight, through 1959.
|September 18||2:00 pm||at Oregon State||L 12–27||8,500|
|September 25||7:00 pm||at Utah*||L 6–21||18,099|
|October 2||2:00 pm||at UCLA||L 12–28||21,024|
|October 9||2:00 pm||Oregon||L 8–15||12,000|
|October 23||2:00 pm||Montana||W 39–0||7,500|
|October 30||2:00 pm||at Washington State||L 14–19||17,000|
|November 6||1:00 pm||vs. Montana State*||W 28–12||5,500|
|November 13||2:00 pm||Portland*||W 28–0||4,500|
|November 20||2:00 pm||at Washington||L 7–34||20,000|
No Vandals were named to the All-Coast team; honorable mention were tackles Carl Kiilsgaard and Will Overgaard, guard Wilbur Ruleman, and back John Brogan.
Two juniors from the 1948 Vandals were selected in the 1950 NFL Draft:
|Carl Kiilsgaard||T||5th||61||Chicago Cardinals|
|Jerry Diehl||HB||28th||360||Pittsburgh Steelers|
Three sophomores were selected in the 1951 NFL Draft:
|Bill Fray||T||16th||191||New York Yanks|
|King Block||FB||21st||250||Detroit Lions|
|Jim Chadband||HB||28th||335||New York Yanks|