MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho opens the 2012 football season at home against Eastern Washington on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. at the Kibbie Dome.
The Vandals’ 2012 schedule includes non-conference action against Bowling Green, Louisiana State, Wyoming, North Carolina and BYU, as well as conference newcomers Texas State and Texas San Antonio.
“We’re anxious to get after it,” coach Robb Akey said. “We excited about having the schedule, knowing where we’re going to play, who we’re going to play on what dates. Now we can start settling on a few more goals.”
The Vandals’ opener against Eastern Washington renews a rivalry first contested in 1942 and played most recently in 2003. Idaho leads the series 15-4.
Idaho’s Sept. 8 trip to Bowling Green is the third game between the two with each winning once – Idaho at the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl and the Falcons last year at the Kibbie Dome. The Vandals continue on the road to LSU for a Sept. 15 game, with a home game against Wyoming Sept. 22. Idaho wraps up Sept. 29 at North Carolina.
The Vandals’ kick off Western Athletic Conference action at home against New Mexico State on Oct. 6. They travel to league contests at Texas State Oct. 13 and at Louisiana Tech Oct. 20, before a bye on Oct. 27.
San Jose State comes to Idaho Nov. 3. Next up is a Nov. 10 trip to BYU followed by a Nov. 17 home date vs. UTSA. Idaho wraps up the 2012 season at Utah State on Nov. 24.
Home games are at 2 p.m. but times may change because of TV.
“We looking forward to taking on the challenges this schedule brings,” Akey said.
The Vandals begin spring drills March 22 with the Silver and Gold game April 20 and the Robb Akey Golf Tournament April 21.
2012 football schedule
Date Opponent Series record
Aug. 30 Eastern Washington Idaho leads 15-4
Sept. 8 at Bowling Green Tied 1-1
Sept. 15 at LSU LSU leads 1-0
Sept. 22 Wyoming Wyoming leads 4-1
Sept. 29 at North Carolina first meeting
Oct. 6 New Mexico State # Idaho leads 13-5
Oct. 13 at Texas State # First meeting
Oct. 20 at Louisiana Tech # Tech leads 5-2
Oct. 27 bye
Nov. 3 San Jose State # SJSU leads 12-10
Nov. 10 at BYU Tied 2-2
Nov. 17 UTSA # First meeting
Nov. 24 at Utah State # USU leads 19-17
# WAC game