|1951 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Conference|
|Record||2–7 (0–3 PCC)|
|Home stadium||Neale Stadium|
|1951 Pacific Coast Conference football standings|
|No. 7 Stanford $||6||–||1||–||0||9||–||2||–||0|
|No. 17 UCLA||4||–||1||–||1||5||–||3||–||1|
|No. 12 California||5||–||2||–||0||8||–||2||–||0|
|No. 18 Washington State||4||–||3||–||0||7||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1951 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1951 college football season. The Vandals were led by first-year head coach Raymond "Babe" Curfman 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 old Bronco Stadium at Boise Junior College and another at Memorial Stadium in Spokane, Washington.
Led on the field by quarterback Wayne Anderson and halfback Glen Christian, Idaho compiled a 2–7 overall record and lost all three games in the PCC.
The Vandals suffered a close loss in the Battle of the Palouse with heavily favored neighbor Washington State, falling 6–9 at Neale Stadium on November 10. The previous edition was also competitive, with a 7–7 tie in 1950 in Pullman, but the winless streak against the Cougars was up to 25 games, a record of 0–23–2 since taking three straight in 1923–25; Idaho finally won three years later in Pullman.
In the rivalry game with Montana at Missoula four weeks earlier, Idaho began an eight-game winning streak over the Grizzlies with a 12–9 win to regain the Little Brown Stein.
Prior to the season in late March, university president Jesse Buchanan requested and received the resignations of head coach Dixie Howell and two assistants, due to "lack of harmony" on the coaching staff. One of those assistants was Curfman, who was then asked by the administration to be the interim coach during the upcoming spring drills. He made a good impression and was re-hired as head coach in mid-April.
|September 22||12:30 pm||at Wyoming*||L 0–28||12,000|
|September 29||1:00 pm||vs. San Francisco*||L 7–28||10,000|
|October 6||2:00 pm||vs. Oregon State||L 6–34||8,500|
|October 13||1:00 pm||at Montana*||W 12–9||9,000|
|October 20||2:00 pm||San Jose State||W 40–7||6,500|
|November 3||1:30 pm||at Oregon||L 13–14||8,100|
|November 10||1:30 pm||Washington State||L 6–9||14,000|
|November 17||7:00 pm||at Arizona*||L 6–13||16,000|
|November 22||12:00 pm||at Utah*||L 19–40||11,934|
No Vandals were on the All-Coast team; tackle Don Ringe was named to the second team. Honorable mention were end Jerry Ogle and guard Steve Douglas.
One senior from the 1951 Vandals was selected in the 1952 NFL Draft:
|Glen Christian||B||9th||105||San Francisco 49ers|
One junior was selected in the 1953 NFL Draft:
|Don Ringe||T||26th||303||Chicago Cardinals|
One sophomore was selected in the 1954 NFL Draft:
|Mel Bertrand||C||29th||349||Detroit Lions|