2012 Record: 1-11 (1-5 in WAC)
Head Coach: Paul Petrino (first time head coach)
Last Bowl Game: 2009 Humanitarian Bowl: beat Bowling Green 43-42
Stadium: ASUI Kibbie Dome in Moscow, ID (capacity = 16,000)
Home Field Advantage: ranked 48th out of 55 mid-major teams
Affiliation: will play as an independent in 2013
Future Affiliation: will join Sun Belt in 2014
Good Luck: 9/14 vs NIU, 10/26 at Ole Miss, 11/23 at FSU
Revenge?: 9/7 at Wyoming, 11/2 vs Texas State
Stats to Fear: turned the ball over 39 times in 2012 (last in Nation), converted on just 27.68% of third downs (last in Nation), scored TDs on 48.15% of red zone trips (113th in the Nation), should we continue?
Stat to Cheer: forced one fumble per game in 2012
Advanced Stats (Football Outsiders 2012 FEI Ranking): 119th out of 124 teams
Phil Steele's Returning Starters: Offense: 7, Defense 4, Special Teams 0
Key Defensive Returnees: DB Bradley Njoku (43 tackles), CB Soloman Dixon (36 tackles, 3 INT), DE Maxx Forde (37 tackles, 3 sacks)
Key Offensive Returnees: RB James Baker (385 yds rush, 4.05 ypc, 2 TD), WR Najee Lovett (50 rec), WR Jahrie Level (46 rec), C Mike Marboe
Previous 2013 Pre-Season Previews:
Paul Petrino has his hands full but, as an independent for 2013, the Vandals have nothing to lose.They can -- and should -- leave it all on the field each week. Those two home games -- Temple & Old Domion -- may seem the only legitimate opportunities for Ws, but just let someone overlook them and Idaho spoils their season.
@29sonski Old Dominion is going to be a really tough game for Idaho. With some many JUCOs and a brand new QB for Idaho they could end up being pretty decent but it's so hard to judge and Petrino hasn't exactly had success in his last few stops. So many unknowns for this squad.