In the University of Idaho’s first game against Eastern Washington last spring, a 28-21 win, Vandals’ all-America linebacker Tre Walker made 15 tackles. If he has a similarly impressive performance Saturday when the Vandals travel to Cheney to take on the Football Championship Subdivision second-ranked Eagles, it will be because the defensive line in front of him is continuing to function at a dominating if unheralded level.
More like your grandfather’s Vandals in the 1980s, when Idaho was scoring points in the Kibbie Dome at a dizzying pace and rising to the challenge on defense to preserve Big Sky Conference victories while winning 4 league championships.
In March, UC Davis needed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull ahead of Idaho and defeat a Vandals’ team missing nine starters, 27-17. Here are three things to watch for in the rematch as the 1-3 Vandals and 4-0 Aggies kick off their Big Sky Conference season at 7 p.m. at Health Stadium.