|1973 [[Script error]]|
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|1973 record||4–7 (3–2 Big Sky)|
|Head coach||Don Robbins (4th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Don Matthews (1st season)|
|Offensive scheme||Veer |
|Defensive coordinator||Tom Roth  (1st season)|
|Base defense||4–3 |
|Captain||Rick Seefried (QB)|
|Captain||Alan Vance (DE)|
|Home stadium||Idaho Stadium|
Template:1973 Big Sky football standings The 1973 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1973 NCAA Division I football season. The Vandals were led by fourth-year head coach Don Robbins and were members of the Big Sky Conference, then in Division II. They played their home games at new Idaho Stadium, an unlit outdoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.
In their third game with new rival Boise State and first in Moscow, the Vandals fell at home 47–24 on September 15; this was the only outdoor meeting in Moscow in the series. The Broncos went on to win the first of three consecutive conference championships. Idaho did not schedule Northern Arizona until 1975 and both played only five games in conference.
Through 1977, the Big Sky was a Division II conference for football, except for Division I member Idaho, which moved down to I-AA in 1978. Idaho maintained its upper division status in the NCAA by playing Division I non-conference opponents (and was ineligible for the Division II postseason).
|1973 Idaho Vandals football team roster|
| Special teams
Four Vandals were selected to the Big Sky all-conference team: tight end Bill Kashetta, defensive tackle Lloyd Grimsrud, cornerback Randy Hall and safety Bucky Bruns. Three were named to the second team (honorable mention): running back Mark Fredback, wide receiver Tim Coles, and offensive tackle Bob Van Duyne.
Two Vandal seniors were selected in the 1974 NFL Draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (442 selections).
|Bob Van Duyne||G||10th||240||Baltimore Colts|
|Randy Hall||DB||13th||317||Baltimore Colts|
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- ↑ Payne, Bob (September 7, 1974). "Vandals experienced but untested". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 21. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Th1OAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3OwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6084%2C2191088.
- ↑ "Idaho vs UTEP: probable starters". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 14. September 7, 1973. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=U7wzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YfgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5974%2C1895942.
- ↑ "Rosters". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 14. September 15, 1973. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=UR1OAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3OwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4607%2C5295512.
- ↑ "Vandals' finale rated important". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 17. November 16, 1973. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=36dYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qPgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4894%2C88426.
- ↑ "Montana St. places nine on Big Sky all-star squad". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 15. December 1, 1974. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=c3ZfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hS8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=5231%2C133709.
- ↑ "Four Vandals on Sky Squad". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington ((Washington)): p. 10. December 1, 1973. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=MqNYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uvgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4818%2C55872.
- Gem of the Mountains: 1974 University of Idaho yearbook – 1973 football season
- Go Mighty Vandals – 1973 – Idaho and the PCAA part II
- Idaho Argonaut – student newspaper – 1973 editions
- University of Idaho Library - digital collections – 1973 Idaho football coaching staff