|1996 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Big West Conference|
|1996 record||6–5 (3–2 Big West)|
|Offensive coordinator||George Yarno (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Nick Holt (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Kibbie Dome|
|1996 Big West Conference football standings|
|Utah State +||4||–||1||6||–||5|
|New Mexico State||0||–||5||1||–||10|
The 1996 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Vandals, led by second-year head coach Chris Tormey, were members of the Big West Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho. Idaho was 6–5 overall and 3–2 in conference play.
Idaho's home winning streak in the Kibbie Dome extended to seventeen games this season, winning all five home games, but they had only one road victory. That was over rival Boise State in the season finale in Boise, the fourteenth win over the Broncos in the last fifteen seasons.
With the move up to Division I-A this season, Idaho changed its uniforms' shade of gold from yellow to metallic.
|August 31||12:07 pm||at Wyoming*||L 38–40||17,279|
|September 7||6:05 pm||at San Diego State*||L 21–40||29,449|
|September 14||3:00 pm||Saint Mary's (CA) (Div. I-AA)*||W 52–17||10,558|||
|September 28||5:00 pm||at Southwest Texas State (Div. I-AA)*||L 21–27||7,047|||
|October 5||3:05 pm||Cal Poly (Div. I-AA)*||W 38–33||14,579|||
|October 19||12:05 pm||at Nevada||W 24–15||11,042|||
|October 26||1:05 pm||at Utah State||L 28–35||13,712|||
|November 2||3:05 pm||20 Eastern Washington (Div. I-AA)*||W 37–27||10,107|||
|November 9||3:05 pm||New Mexico State||W 34–19||9,494|
|November 16||12:00 pm||at North Texas||L 17–24||7,000|||
|November 23||12:30 pm||at Boise State||W 64–19||22,323|||
|1996 Idaho Vandals football team roster|
One Vandal senior was selected in the 1997 NFL Draft, which lasted seven rounds (240 selections).
|Ryan Phillips||Linebacker||3rd||68||New York Giants|