The Idaho Vandals have nearly completed a 12-game football schedule for 2013 as an FBS Independent, athletic director Rob Spear confirmed this weekend.
In a post-game radio interview, Spear said that the “…schedule’s coming along. I feel pretty good about having 11 secure games and Friday I thought I had 12. The way football scheduling goes, I lost a game on Friday, but I’m hopeful I’ll be able to pick one up this week and hopefully we can come out and announce that schedule.”
Idaho currently has games scheduled in 2013 at home vs. Northern Illinois and at Ole Miss, Washington State, and Wyoming. The Vandals are also expected to play New Mexico State in a same season home-and-home series.
Over the weekend, AStateNation reported that Idaho and Arkansas State have agreed to a 2013-14 home-and-home series. The two schools are tentatively set to meet in Jonesboro in 2013 and in Moscow in 2014.
The addition of Arkansas State to the schedule gives Idaho seven known or rumored opponents in 2013. That puts the Vandals at one game short of meeting NCAA rule 126.96.36.199, which states that FBS football teams must schedule 60% of its games against other FBS members.
Member institutions must also play five home games against FBS opponents. Idaho currently has two games at home, Northern Illinois and New Mexico State. That means that out of the four unknown opponents, three would have to be at the Kibbie Dome.
Idaho will be playing the 2013 season, and likely 2014, as an FBS Independent due to the fall of the WAC as a football conference. Back in August, WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd announced that the conference would be dropping football after the 2012 season.