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2021 Idaho Vandals football
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
2021 record4–7 (3–5 Big Sky)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBrian Reader (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorMike Breske (7th season)
Home stadiumKibbie Dome
(capacity: 16,000)
Seasons
← 2020
2022 →
2021 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 10 Sacramento State $^   8 0     9 3  
No. 2 Montana State ^   7 1     11 3  
No. 7 Eastern Washington ^   6 2     10 3  
No. 6 Montana ^   6 2     10 3  
No. 17 UC Davis ^   5 3     8 4  
Weber State   5 3     6 5  
Northern Arizona   4 4     5 6  
Portland State   4 4     5 6  
Idaho   3 5     4 7  
Northern Colorado   2 6     3 8  
Cal Poly   1 7     2 9  
Idaho State   1 7     1 10  
Southern Utah   0 8     1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2021 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho as in the Big Sky Conference during the 2021 NCAA Division I FCS football season. Led by ninth-year head coach Paul Petrino, the Vandals were 4–7 (3–5 in Big Sky, ninth), and played their home games on campus at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.

Previous season

Main article: 2020 Idaho Vandals football team

The Vandals finished the 2020–21 season 2–4 to finish in a tie for fifth place.

Preseason

Polls

On July 26, 2021, during the virtual Big Sky Kickoff, the Vandals were predicted to finish eighth in the Big Sky by both the coaches and media.[1]

Coaches poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Weber State (7)
2 Montana (3)
3 Eastern Washington (2)
4 Montana State (1)
5 Sacramento State (1)
6 UC Davis
7 Northern Arizona
8 Idaho
9 Idaho State
10 Portland State
11 Southern Utah
12 Cal Poly
13 Northern Colorado
Media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Weber State (14)
2 Montana (4)
3 Eastern Washington (3)
4 Montana State (3)
5 Sacramento State
6 UC Davis
7 Northern Arizona
8 Idaho
9 Idaho State
10 Portland State
11 Southern Utah
12 Northern Colorado
13 Cal Poly

Preseason All–Big Sky team

The Vandals had two players selected to the preseason all-Big Sky team.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 41:00 p.m.Simon Fraser*SWX/ESPN+W 68–0 5,214
September 114:30 p.m.at Indiana*BTNL 14–5647,417
September 1812:30 p.m.at Oregon State*P12NL 0–4226,797
October 27:00 p.m.at No. 8 UC DavisESPN+L 20–2711,622
October 92:00 p.m.Portland Statedagger
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, ID
SWX/ESPN+W 42–35 7,034
October 1611:30 a.m.at No. 2 Eastern WashingtonRTNWL 21–715,380
October 234:30 p.m.No. 11 Montana
SWX/ESPN+L 14–346,059
October 301:00 p.m.Northern Arizona
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, ID
SWX/ESPN+L 31–383,000
November 61:00 p.m.Southern Utah
  • Kibbie Dome
  • Moscow, ID
ESPN+W 42–246,082
November 1312:00 p.m.at No. 3 Montana StateSWX/ESPN+L 13–2019,447
November 2012:00 p.m.at Idaho StateESPN+W 14-00
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

[2]

Game summaries

Simon Fraser

1 2 3 4 Total
Clan 0 0 0 0 0
Vandals 21 19 21 7 68

See also: Simon Fraser University football

at Indiana

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 0 7 7 0 14
Hoosiers 21 14 7 14 56

See also: 2021 Indiana Hoosiers football team

at Oregon State

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 0 0 0 0 0
Beavers 14 14 14 0 42

See also: 2021 Oregon State Beavers football team

at No. 8 UC Davis

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 6 7 7 0 20
No. 8 Aggies 3 10 0 14 27

See also: 2021 UC Davis Aggies football team

Portland State

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 7 0 21 35
Vandals 21 14 0 7 42

See also: 2021 Portland State Vikings football team

at No. 2 Eastern Washington

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 7 7 0 7 21
No. 2 Eagles 29 14 14 14 71

See also: 2021 Eastern Washington Eagles football team

No. 11 Montana

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 11 Grizzlies 7 13 7 7 34
Vandals 7 0 0 7 14

See also: 2021 Montana Grizzlies football team

Northern Arizona

1 2 3 4 Total
Lumberjacks 14 3 14 7 38
Vandals 7 14 0 10 31

See also: 2021 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football team

Southern Utah

1 2 3 4 Total
Thunderbirds 7 3 7 7 24
Vandals 14 14 7 7 42

See also: 2021 Southern Utah Thunderbirds football team

at No. 3 Montana State

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 0 10 3 0 13
No. 3 Bobcats 7 6 0 7 20

See also: 2021 Montana State Bobcats football team

at Idaho State

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 14 0 0 0 14
Bengals 0 0 0 0 0

See also: 2021 Idaho State Bengals football team and Battle of the Domes

References

  1. ^ "Walker, Kendall Earn Preseason Nods". July 26, 2021. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "2021 Idaho Football Schedule". govndals.com. Retrieved August 5, 2021.