Idaho to host Drake in 2022, play at Nevada in 2023

By Kevin Kelley -

The Idaho Vandals have added games against the Drake Bulldogs and the Nevada Wolf Pack to their future football schedules, has learned.

Copies of contracts for both games were obtained from the University of Idaho via a state public records request.

Idaho will host the Drake Bulldogs at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho, on September 17, 2022. Idaho will pay Drake a $250,000 guarantee for the game, according to the copy of the contract.

Idaho, a member of the Big Sky Conference, and Drake, a member of the Pioneer Football League, have never met on the football field.

The addition of Drake tentatively completes Idaho’s non-conference schedule for the 2022 season. The Vandals are scheduled to open the season with back-to-back road contests at the Washington State Cougars on Sept. 3 and at the Indiana Hoosiers on Sept. 10.

Nevada is the first scheduled non-conference opponent for the Vandals’ 2023 football schedule.

The Idaho Vandals will travel to take on the Nevada Wolf Pack at Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nevada, on September 9, 2023. Idaho will receive a $400,000 guarantee for the contest, per the contract copy.

Idaho and Nevada last met in 2011 when both schools were members of the Western Athletic Conference. Nevada won that contest 56-3 in Reno to extend their overall lead in the series to 20-9.

Idaho now has nine future games scheduled against members of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Vandals will travel to Temple and Washington State in 2020, Indiana and Oregon State in 2021, Washington State and Indiana in 2022, Nevada in 2023, Oregon in 2024, and Washington State in 2025.

The Nevada Wolf Pack now have three non-conference games scheduled for the 2023 season. Nevada is scheduled to open the season at USC on Sept. 2 and also plays at Texas State on Sept. 16, in addition to the newly added Idaho contest.

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