IDAHO VANDALS (0-2)
Last game: Lost at Wyoming, 42-10, on Sept. 7
Last meeting with Northern Illinois: Idaho 34, Northern Illinois 31 on Sept. 26, 2009
Key players: QB Chad Chalich, RB James Baker, WR Dezmon Epps, LB Marc Millan, S Bradley Njoku, DE Maxx Forde
Observations: The Vandals' defense has struggled mightily, giving up more than 40 points per game and nearly 600 yards of total offense per contest. Idaho has allowed an average of 224.5 yards against the run and 353 passing yards. Vandals QB Chad Chalich has been efficient, completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 412 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions over two games.
Rod Carey's take: "They're kind of a pro, multiple set [offense], but kind of incorporate some spread in there too. Defensively, they go between an even front and an odd front with coverages that match on the back end. They kind of dial up different things for what they want to try to stop."
Key stat: Opponents have only punted eight times against the Vandals through their first two games.
– Steve Nitz, firstname.lastname@example.org, @SNitz_DDC