2010 College Football Predictions – Idaho Vandals


The 2009 Idaho Vandals finished 8-5 on NCAA Football Picks and beat Bowling Green 43-42 in the Humanitarian Bowl. Coach Rob Akey is not satisfied with being the poor relation of Boise State, who has the top football program in the state of Idaho. The University of Idaho is starting to look as it they have some staying power. Akey is entering his 3rd season as the Vandals coach, a welcome change after his predecessor, Dennis Erickson lasted only one season in Moscow. The Vandals shocked just about everyone last season after being picked to finish last in the WAC by league coaches. Idaho started the 2009 season 6-1 but lost 4 of their last 5, before the big win in the bowl. The team did lose 1st round NFL draft picks Mike Iupati and three other offensive lineman but they have quarterback Nathan Enderle back, and he is special. The defense returns all except one starter. The Vandals play four of their first six games on the road, but they open at home for the first time since 1998.

Idaho averaged 451 yards per game last season, and that ranked 9th in total offense in the nation. 286.7 of those yards per game was through the air, 12th in the country, the running game was the weak link of the offensive unit, as the Vandals averaged 164.3 yards per contest on the ground, that ranked 45th overall in college football and they scored just under 38 points per game. As good as the offense was in 2009, the defense was equally as bad. Idaho gave up an average of 433.5 yards per game, that ranked 107th overall in college football, the passing defense was terrible, giving up 278 yards per game, 116th in the nation, the rush defense was decent in allowing 155.4 yards per contest on the ground, the Vandals also allowed 36 points per contest, and that ranked 114th in the country. The Idaho Vandals went 7-5-1 against the spread in 2009, going over the betting odds total 9 times and under 4 times.

Quarterback Nathan แทงบอลออนไลน์ Enderle is without question the focal point of the offense, Enderle passed for over 2,906 yards and 22 touchdowns last season, and that was with missing 2 games with a shoulder injury. There are question marks at wide receiver, Maurice Shaw is a big time deep threat and H back Daniel Hardy is also a weapon. The offense also need to replace running back DeMaundray Woolridge, Preston McCarty and Deonte Jackson will share the load this season. The biggest question is the offensive line, who only returns 1 starter.