Vandals and Aggies look to continue rivalry as independents

Vandals and Aggies look to continue rivalry as independents
MOSCOW, ID – The Idaho Vandals and New Mexico State Aggies have played 18 times in three different conferences, and if all goes according to plan, the rivalry will continue next year in the independent circuit.

With both schools being left without a new conference next season, the Vandals and Aggies have looked to independent status to remain at the FBS level.

Early reports are that Idaho and New Mexico State will play each other twice next season, one game being on each school’s home turf. While that’s not the ideal situation, Idaho head coach Robb Akey says it’s a necessity.

“We would love the opportunity I think, if it was able to be the case, to both get 12 games done and have the home games that we need to have and be able to make that go every other year and play each other once,” said Akey. “I think that would be desirable for everybody. Right now I think we’re both in the same boat of making sure we get schedules set so that we can progress forward and then maybe look to make things a little bit better as we go on.”

In the 18 meetings between the two teams, Idaho holds the 13-5 lead. However, New Mexico State won last year’s game in Las Cruces but has only beaten the Vandals once in the Kibbie Dome.