The University of Idaho Vandals play football as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Sadly for this team, it doesn’t play well. In fact, the University of Idaho is currently celebrating one hundred twenty-two years of as a college football squad. And for all or most of those years, the Vandals have felt the sting of frequent losses.
In fact, the team’s record over those many years stands at 442 wins and a whopping 590 losses. It is the second worst career record in all of college football. Clearly, this school has a tradition that shuns winning.
The Vandals, a team that has been led by third year Head Coach Paul Petrino, lost most of their games in 2014 and in 2013, as well. In fact, Coach Petrino’s record over those two years is extremely poor. His teams won two games while losing twenty.
That is not a recipe for success. College football Head Coaches have been fired after posting better records. But Coach Petrino was hired to improve the football program and it seems that the Athletic Director intends to give the coach sufficient time to “turn the program around.”
It seems unlikely that the turnaround will occur in 2015. The Vandals began this season at home on September 3rd. It was a Thursday evening and the University of Idaho hosted Ohio University. The visitors won the game easily by a score of 45-28.
The Vandals traveled west on September 12th to take on the ninth-ranked Trojans of the University of Southern California (USC). The visiting team provided little competition and lost by a score of 59-9 Week Three was another home game for the University of Idaho. It played Wofford University and beat that team by a final score of 41-38.
There are several more home games on the schedule for the Vandals. They played Georgia Southern University today, September 26th. This squad will also answer challenges from the University of Louisiana-Monroe on October 24th, Appalachian State University on November 14th and Texas State University on November 28th.
The squad’s remaining road games include visits to Arkansas State University on October 3rd, Troy University on October 17th, New Mexico State University on October 31st, the University of South Alabama on November 1st and Auburn University on November 21st.
There are some tough opponents on the schedule for the Vandals, teams that may prove to be too difficult to beat. Nevertheless, the University of Idaho has scheduled those games and must play them.
Since college football is played on a gridiron and not on paper, it really doesn’t matter how lopsided a game may appear – in print. Underdogs defy the odds all the time and frequently beat “heavy favorites.” If the Vandals can upset even one opponent, it may turn their season into a success and their football program into one that starts winning games.
Courtesy of Swxrightnow.com