- Head Coach: Paul Petrino (9th Season)
- 2020 Record: 2-4 (2-4 in Big Sky)
- Last Meeting: 9/23/06 - Oregon State 38, Idaho 0
- Key Returners: OL - Logan Floyd, WR - Cutrell Haywood, LB - Fa’avae Fa’avae
Idaho is one of the many FCS teams who will have either the advantage or disadvantage of having played a spring season, as the COVID-19 pandemic-affected campaign turned one-time spring football expedition will reveal itself as either a positive or a detriment.
Will teams be burned out and beat up from lack of a true off-season to recoup? Or will they be sharper and more refined due to an extra six games of action?
The first question that the Vandals must answer is who exactly will play quarterback for them, as former UCONN transfer Mike Beaudry has been silent on his plans to return or not to the program. Beaudry completed 73 of his 123 passing attempts in four games during the “2020” campaign for 794 yards, but struggled with a 3 touchdown to 3 interception ratio. If If it’s not Beaudry’s team to run, 6’ 5”, 230-pounder Nikhil Nayar would be the best guess to fill the role with some experienced targets around him, which included Cutrell Haywood, who caught 30 passes in 6 games this spring.
On defense, the Vandals need answers again on who exactly rejoins the program, but there are some bright spots, especially in the front seven. Linebacker Fa’avae Fa’avae, a transfer from Washington State, and Tre Walker will be a strong combo at the second level that can become one of the better duos in the Big Sky, if they find some consistency. Up front, guys like 6’ 3”, 270-pounder Nate Degraw is one of the players potentially poised for a breakout season, especially if some pieces around him choose not to return.
In the big scheme of things though, there’s not much to say about Idaho other than the fact that if Oregon State doesn’t coast to an easy win in this one, Jonathan Smith’s rebuild hit a bump in the road. The Beavers are the better team on paper and in person and at home in their third game of the season, they should be able to prove it.
Player To Watch
Logan Floyd - Offensive Line
Offensive lineman don’t often get the love they deserve, but Idaho’s versatile earthmover Logan Floyd is just the type of guy who can change up a game with his all-around blocking ability. Like I mentioned, Floyd has played at both tackle and center, yet likely will remain at tackle with a 6’ 4”, 290-pound frame. During his freshman campaign in 2018, Floyd was named to Phil Steele’s Freshman All-America First Team and he’ll need to anchor an offensive line that has a lot more questions than answers heading into the Fall.
- Date: Saturday, September 18th
- Time: TBD
- Location: Reser Stadium (Corvallis, Oregon)