Moving along on our journey to the start of 2013 college football season we continue to look at non-conference opponents. We’ll bounce around with three schools in this post with the Idaho Vandals, New Mexico State Aggies and UTSA Roadrunners.
Idaho (1-11, 1-6 WAC) and New Mexico State (1-11, 0-6 WAC) are independents while UTSA (8-4, 3-3 WAC) joins Conference USA this season. So with that said let’s learn a little bit more about these three teams.
Idaho – 2012: 1-11 and 1-6 in the WAC who appear on the schedule September 21 at Washington State at a time/network to be announced. Paul Petrino is the schools new head coach and this is his first job, fans might know him only as the brother of Western Kentucky head coach brother Bobby Petrino. This is his first head coaching job and the past couple years he’s been offensive coordinator at Illinois and Arkansas.
Vandals 2013 schedule: Aug. 31 @North Texas, Sept. 7 @Wyoming, Sept. 14 v. Northern Illinois, Sept. 21 @Washington State, Sept. 28 v. Temple, Oct. 5 v. Fresno State, Oct. 12 @Arkansas State, Oct. 26 @Mississippi, Nov. 2 v. Texas State, Nov. 9 Old Dominion, Nov. 23 @Florida State, Nov. 30 @New Mexico State
New Mexico State – 2012: 1-11 and 0-6 in the WAC they play in Pasadena September 21 against UCLA which doesn’t have a kickoff or TV location. Like Idaho the Aggies have a first year guy on campus in Doug Martin who previously coached at Kent State (2004-10).
Aggies 2013 schedule: Aug. 31 @Texas, Sept. 7 v. Minnesota, Sept. 14 v. UTEP, Sept. 21 @UCLA, Sept. 28 v. San Diego State, Oct. 5 v. New Mexico, Oct. 19 v. Rice, Oct. 26 Abilene Christian, Nov. 2 @Louisiana-Lafayette, Nov. 9 v. Boston College, Nov. 23 @Florida Atlantic, Nov. 30 v. Idaho
UTSA – 2012: 8-4 and 3-3 in the WAC on September 14 they’ll travel to Tucson against Arizona at an undetermined time but will be on the PAC-12 Network. Larry Coker is in his third year for the new program which has been transitioning from FCS. The school played a WAC schedule last year but wasn’t eligible but the school will be in Conference USA this year.
Roadrunners 2013 schedule: Aug. 31 @New Mexico, Sept. 7 v. Oklahoma State, Sept. 14 @Arizona, Sept. 21 @UTEP, Sept. 28 v. Houston, Oct. 5 @Marshall, Oct. 12 v. Rice, Oct. 26 UAB, Nov. 2 @Tulsa, Nov. 9 v. Tulsa, Nov. 23 @North Texas, Nov. 30 v. Louisiana Tech
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