The Idaho Vandals 1-11 record does not do justice for just how bad this team was in 2013. To give context to that record they lost games by an average of 46-18, making them 118th in scoring offense in the country and dead last in scoring defense. Not to mention the 80-14 loss to Florida State we all remember.
Now, into his second year, Paul Petrino has his work cut out for him to make this program decent. With four wins in the last three years, the program is at rock bottom.
The good news? Petrino went out and brought in 16 junior college transfers for immediate help. That may not usually be the
best way to build a program long term, but the Vandals were so awful last year something had to be done.
Idaho also rejoins the Sun Belt this year, but that’s simply a move to make sure it stays in FBS. There’s not going to be much of a difference in strength of schedule, which last year was as bad as the Idaho team. I guess that made the Vandals that much worse.
Hardly anybody’s starting job should be safe going into Fall practices. Petrino needs a complete overhaul if he’s going to build a team, his own coaching profile, and be able to step out of his brother Bobby’s shadow.
A lot of starters are back, and that combined with junior college kids should be good for depth and experience, but it leaves the depth chart wide open.