The Vandals won their second conference title in three seasons, and made the I-AA playoffs for the third consecutive season. Led by redshirt sophomore quarterback John Friesz, Idaho finished the regular season at 9-2 and 7-1 in the Big Sky.
Following a non-conference loss at home to Central Michigan and a road loss to intrastate rival Idaho State, Idaho won its final six games of the regular season. The Vandals defeated Nevada-Reno for only the second time in the ten meetings since the Wolf Pack joined the Big Sky in 1979. The Vandals defeated rivalBoise State for the sixth consecutive year, the sixth of twelve straight over the Broncos.
For the third consecutive season, Idaho returned to the 16-team I-AA playoffs. The Vandals hosted conference foe Weber State, whom they had defeated in Utah four weeks earlier by three points. The Wildcats won the rematch 59-30, before a sparse crowd at the Kibbie Dome two days after Thanksgiving, ending the Vandals' season at 9-3.