Goal To Go: Idaho Vandals Football at Wyoming

Welcome to 1st & goal. A new series where I will give my 4 things to watch, know or expect for the Vandals upcoming game and a score prediction.

The Vandals are on the road at high elevation in Laramie, Wyoming against the Cowboys

 

1st Down

Idaho is going to Wyoming with a 1-1 record. Yes, we were able to sneak out a win last week. Now we’ll try to build on that against another FBS opponent. With a win this week it would start a win streak. Everyone seems to forget we won last week.

Central Washington (last week’s opponent) only lost to Eastern Washington by three points in 2010. Eastern, you may remember, went on to win the national championship that season. So I am saying there is a chance we do something this season … just don’t bet the family condo on it.

2nd Down

The QB competition appears to be over after last week. I personally feel its hard to name a starter when one of the competitors has 17 pass attempts all season … while the other one has over 30.

It appears to be Mason’s show, so let’s see how he does. He is efficient and has an incredible understanding of the offense. I’s just not convinced that’s enough. We are going to have to see more.

3rd Down

Colton Clark of the Lewiston Tribune wrote an amazing article about true freshman, Idaho 5A MVP, Nick Romano. I’m enjoying the chances we’ve had at to watch him this season. We have quite the stable of backs this season. Every snap Nick Romano takes I just seem to tune in just a little more. He is such an easy kid to root for.

Especially since according to the Idaho Statesman, Idaho High School football is in a decline. It is nice to see a local kid do good!

4th down

Jeff Cotton officially has the most receptions in a single game this season. That is for all of college football: NAIA to Division I FBS. He hauled in a whopping 16 receptions, 145 yards and caught two tuddies. He was no slouch at Penn State either, leading the team in yards and receptions again.

He deserves to be talked about like Sammy Akem (Montana), Andrew Boston (Eastern Washington) or Mitch Gueller (Idaho State) in the Big Sky. He is arguably the best receiver in the conference and most don’t know who he is.

This is another chance for him to introduce himself to the world against a FBS opponent that has beaten an SEC school this season. So tune in to ESPN+ today and give Cotton and the boys a watch.

Touchdown!

chris thumb.jpg

Chris: Wyoming 38 Idaho 9

12019897_960483254007841_1876347497671300395_n

TJ: Wyoming 42 Idaho 13

2852_1159039535947_332261_n

Brian: Wyoming 53 Idaho 13

15698174_1363465077038549_5446700391989335396_n

Marten : Wyoming 34 Idaho 13

 

Goal To Go: Central Washington Edition – Idaho Football Four Things To Watch

Welcome to “And Goal To Go. A new series where I will give my 4 things to watch, know or expect for the Vandals upcoming game and a score prediction.

The mighty Vandals return home for their home opener. They will be facing D-II Central Washington under first year head coach Chris Fisk.

First Down & Goal

Central Washington is a question mark at the quarterback position. The Wildcats have a new head coach, a new quarterback coach in Kelly Bills and only one player back with any significant time. The quarterback position in Ellensburg consist of three returning player and three true freshman.  Nothing we’ve found says Central has named a starter, but they do have some guys who can play. My three projected quarterbacks we should expect to see are:

Most likely to Start: Branden Miles

He is a 6-foot-3 Transfer following Coach Bills from Weber State. He saw some time on Weber State’s back-to-back Big Sky Championship teams

Second-most snaps: Tai-John Mizutani

Mizutani hails from Honolulu. He is fourth all-time on the islands for passing yards in a career and a game. Yes, that same state which has produced QBs like Marcus Mariota, Tua & Taulia Tagovailoa and Milton McKenzie.

The other guy: Christian Moore

The returning 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore had 10 appearance last year for the Wildcats as the backup.

Second Down & Goal

Is our revamped secondary as bad as it looked vs Penn State, or were we just playing a top 15 FBS team that is just that good? We have one of the Big Sky’s leading pass defenders in senior Llyod Hightower, a Cotton Bowl contributing transfer Davontae Ginwright from Western Michigan, and Tyrese Dedmond has another year of experience. One of our last Potato bowl contributors in senior Sedrick Thomas. Plus, added depth in junior college signee Satchel Escalante. As I mentioned in first down, they are facing a rather inexperienced group of QBs from a D-II school. We should see improvement from the Vandals here.

Third Down & Goal

We hope our secondary is revamped and that our defensive line is reloaded. We have had so many great defensive linemen in past few seasons such as Maxx Forde, Benson Mayowa, Aikeem Coleman, Quinton Bradley, DJ Henderson and so on. Kayode Rufai and gang looked good against Penn State early. Then, well, they never got off the field. This game should help build some momentum as Kayode, Kim, Akanno and both of the Elliss’ should live in the backfield against this inferior offensive line.

Fourth down & Goal

A quarterback competition. We’ve kept hearing about a competition at the spot going all the way back to last season. But, the snap tallies tell a very different story. Mason Petrino had 275 more pass attempts than Colton Richardson last season. Richardson battled injuries, to be fair, but even before the injury it was obvious who was going to be taking more snaps. We also learned Mason had a separated shoulder all season which makes you wonder why he was even playing. Mason threw the ball 17 times last week, more than Richardson’s nine attempts. Let’s just please make this an actual competition and give both QBs a fair shake and see who comes out on top.

Touchdown!

Chris: Idaho 54 Central Washington 6

TJ: Idaho 27 Central Washington 17

Brian: Idaho 42 Central Washington 28

Sean: Idaho 41 Central Washington 17

Marten: Idaho 49 Central Washington 13