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Vandals get shellacked on Tobacco Road

Sometimes the final score isn't indicative of a how game went. Idaho's 66-0 loss at North Carolina isn't one of those games. We've got details on the rout that transpired in Chapel, N.C., after the link.

Idaho-UNC on tap this afternoon

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora was asked this week if there's a certain danger that comes with playing 0-4 teams like Idaho. His response: “No doubt about it, especially when you have an 0-4 team that is probably the best in the country in my opinion.”

So there you have it. Four FBS teams came into the week at 0-4 — UI, Massachusetts, Eastern Michigan and Memphis — and Fedora considers the Vandals the class of that group. Not exactly what UI coach Robb Akey was hoping for before the season.

‚Ä®Fedora’s Tar Heels and Akey’s Vandals meet this afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C. We’ve got a preview below.

Vandals fall in OT to Wyoming

It was right for the taking for Idaho — a possible interception from Trey Williams in overtime and a victory over Wyoming. But as happened so often Saturday, Idaho's secondary didn't come up with the play. The Vandals lost 40-37 in overtime to the Cowboys to drop to 0-4. We've got our story and notes below.

Vandals, Wyoming looking for first win

Idaho is 0-3. Wyoming is 0-3. Heck, the other game on the Palouse today also features an 0-3 team, Colorado, against Washington State. We have the lowdown on the Vandals-Cowboys matchup in the Kibbie Dome (2 p.m., ESPN3) after the jump.

Idaho notes: Akey responds to Choate

Washington State linebackers coach Jeff Choate, a former Boise State assistant and Post Falls coach, had some strong comments today about Idaho's commitment to staying at the FBS level in a VarsityCdA.com article. We have the details below and Robb Akey's response after practice today — as well as other Vandal football-related notes.

Three observations after UI fades at LSU

Idaho receiver Najee Lovett summed up Saturday night's 63-14 loss to LSU this way on his Twitter account: “We had death valley silent for two quarters.” It's hard to imagine the 92,177 at Tiger Stadium being completely silent, but the Vandals did make the game more interesting than expected in the second quarter. Much more interesting. 

We have more on UI's third straight loss to start the season below, as well as three observations on the Vandals heading into a home game with Wyoming (also 0-3) next week.

UI falls to 0-2 for first time since 2006

Dominique Blackman was dynamite in his debut at quarterback, receiver Jahrie Level had a monster game and the Idaho defense stiffened at key times, but all this wasn't enough. The Vandals absorbed a 21-13 loss at Bowling Green on Saturday evening to drop to 0-2, their worst start since Dennis Erickson's return year in 2006.

We've got the details after the jump.

Vandals looking for a do-over

Can the Vandals reset 2012 and start all over again? That's not possible, of couse. But a win today against a solid Bowling Green team would put them at 1-1 and help most (or some) Vandal fans get over last week's ugly opener versus Eastern Washington.

We've got links and a preview of the third Idaho-Bowling Green game in four years after the link.

Eastern dominates Idaho in opener

This wasn't close, and it could have been worse. Eastern Washington was that good. Idaho was that bad. Our game story is below.

Game day in Moscow is here

We have so much on Idaho football and its home opener tonight vs. Eastern Washington that we're going to get right to it. Check out our Vandal season preview and primer at tonight's matchup after the jump.

Report: Blackman won’t start for Idaho

Dominique Blackman, Idaho's newly minted first-string quarterback, will not start Thursday's season opener with Eastern Washington, the Idaho student newspaper reported Tuesday. However, Vandals coach Robb Akey told a Boise radio station Tuesday that Blackman was UI's starter, and he referred to Blackman as such to the media on Monday.

We have more below.

Vandals enter final week of preseason

Idaho has five practices left before Thursday's opener with Eastern Washington at the Kibbie Dome. And we have notes and a few position updates — as well as a look at the young Vandals' offensive line — below after talking to Robb Akey.

UI given green light to go independent

UPDATED 6:17 p.m.

The Idaho State Board of Education today approved the University of Idaho's request to become an FBS independent in football and “negotiate and accept” an invite to the Big Sky.

We have more below.

Vandals scrimmage for final time

Two weeks ago, the Vandals started fall camp. And two weeks from Thursday, they’ll be opening the season at the Kibbie Dome against Eastern Washington. Where are the Vandals halfway through the preseason? The third scrimmage of fall camp gave some answers. Read more after the jump.

Idaho opts for FBS independence

UPDATED: 6:20 p.m.

The University of Idaho will seek approval Friday from the Idaho State Board of Education to go independent in football and move to the Big Sky Conference in all other sports. According to the Idaho Statesman, UI presented to the board Wednesday in an executive session.

Friday's meeting will be public, and UI's conference reshuffling is the only agenda item. More after the jump.

Blackman named Idaho starter

What was evident Saturday in the Vandals’ scrimmage became reality today. Idaho coach Robb Akey said Dominique Blackman will start the season opener vs. Eastern Washington. Blackman beat out Taylor Davis, who started three games last year but is now in a battle for the No. 2 job with senior Logan Bushnell.

Read more below.

Is Vandals’ QB race coming to end?

After two scrimmages and 10 days of fall camp, things are coming into focus for the Idaho Vandals. Most notably, the quarterback competition — which heated up in the spring — seems to have titled in Dominique Blackman's favor. That was abundantly clear today at the Kibbie Dome. More after the jump.

QBs, offense roll in Idaho scrimmage

For the last couple of years, the Idaho defense has typically been the dominant unit during scrimmages. Not so this afternoon in the Kibbie Dome. The offense rolled up nine touchdowns and four field goals, and UI's group of quarterbacks had eight TDs with one interception.

Read more below.

New helmets, players at Idaho camp

So I've seen the Vandals' new gold-speckled black helmets up close now, and I can tell you they look good. They'll look even better with a decal on the side (which apparently will be the I-Vandals' logo). That's all for today's fashion report. Let's talk football.

Vandals’ fall camp starts Thursday

Robb Akey was his typical talkative self today in a conference call with reporters. The Idaho coach ran through a string of topics in advance of the Vandals' fall camp opening on Thursday afternoon.

Read on for our story and notes.