The Vandals won their third consecutive conference title (fourth in five years), and made the I-AA playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. Led by senior All-American quarterback John Friesz, Idaho finished the regular season at 9-2 and 8-0 in the Big Sky.
Following two non-conference road losses to open the season at Washington State and Portland State, the Vandals won nine straight, which included an undefeated conference record of 8-0. It was the only time in school history that the football team has posted an unblemished conference record. The Vandals defeated Montana, their only conference loss the previous season, on a Thursday night in the Kibbie Dome, televised by ESPN. Idaho beat long-time nemesis Nevada-Reno for the third straight year, only the fourth time in the twelve meetings since the Wolf Pack joined the Big Sky in 1979. The Vandals defeated rivalBoise State for the eighth consecutive year, the eighth of twelve straight over the Broncos before a record crowd of 17,600 in the Kibbie Dome.
For the fifth consecutive season, Idaho returned to the 16-team I-AA playoffs. The Vandals, on a nine-game winning streak, hosted Eastern Illinois at home but lost 21-38. The game was played before a sparse crowd at the Kibbie Dome two days after Thanksgiving and ended the Vandals' season at 9-3.