|1973 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|1973 record||4–7 (3–2 Big Sky)|
|Offensive coordinator||Don Matthews (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Tom Roth  (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Idaho Stadium|
|1973 Big Sky Conference football standings|
|No. 5 Boise State $^||6||–||0||–||0||10||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from NCAA College Division AP Poll
The 1973 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1973 NCAA Division I football season. The Vandals were led by fourth-year head coach Don Robbins and were members of the Big Sky Conference, then in Division II. They played their home games at new Idaho Stadium, an unlit outdoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.
With quarterbacks Rick Seefried, Dave Comstock, and Dennis Ballock running the veer offense, the Vandals were 4–7 overall and 3–2 in the Big Sky.
In the Battle of the Palouse, Idaho suffered a sixth straight loss to neighbor Washington State of the Pac-8, falling 51–24 at Martin Stadium in Pullman on September 29.
In their third game with new rival Boise State and first in Moscow, the Vandals fell at home 47–24 on September 15; this was the only outdoor meeting in Moscow in the series. The Broncos went on to win the first of three consecutive conference championships. Idaho did not schedule Northern Arizona until 1975 and both played only five games in conference.
At the conclusion of the season, Robbins' contract was not renewed. He was succeeded by Ed Troxel, a Vandal assistant coach since 1967 and also the head coach of the track team.
Through 1977, the Big Sky was a Division II conference for football, except for Division I member Idaho, which moved down to I-AA in 1978. Idaho maintained its upper division status in the NCAA by playing Division I non-conference opponents (and was ineligible for the Division II postseason).
|September 8||1:30 pm||UTEP*||W 62–14||8,500|
|September 15||1:30 pm||Boise State||L 24–47||17,104|
|September 22||11:30 am||at Iowa State*||L 0–48||31,000|
|September 29||1:30 pm||at Washington State*||L 24–51||22,500|
|October 6||1:30 pm||Colorado State*||L 30–33||5,720|
|October 13||5:30 pm||at TCU*||L 14–30||15,110|
|October 20||1:30 pm||Weber State||W 17–13||10,670|
|October 27||1:30 pm||Montana State||L 14–35||7,068|
|November 3||12:30 pm||at Montana||W 20–7||4,300|
|November 10||1:30 pm||at Washington*||L 14–41||47,000|
|November 17||12:30 pm||Idaho State||W 43–0||6,879|
|1973 Idaho Vandals football team roster|
Four Vandals were selected to the Big Sky all-conference team: tight end Bill Kashetta, defensive tackle Lloyd Grimsrud, cornerback Randy Hall and safety Bucky Bruns. Three were named to the second team (honorable mention): running back Mark Fredback, wide receiver Tim Coles, and offensive tackle Bob Van Duyne.
Two Vandal seniors were selected in the 1974 NFL Draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (442 selections).
|Bob Van Duyne||G||10th||240||Baltimore Colts|
|Randy Hall||DB||13th||317||Baltimore Colts|