No one can accuse the Idaho Vandals of ducking college football's powerhouses.
In keeping with their aggressive - and lucrative - nonconference scheduling philosophy, Idaho will play at USC on Sept. 12, 2015, Athletic Director Rob Spear confirmed to the Statesman on Wednesday.
The teams met in 2007 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, with No. 1-ranked USC defeating Idaho 38-10 in former coach Robb Akey's first game as head coach. USC paid Idaho $600,000 for that game.
The Vandals have road games against Mississippi (2013), Florida State (2013), Florida (2014) and Auburn (2015). They also played at LSU in 2012.
While the games are expected to hurt Idaho's win-loss record, the paydays will help the athletic department's bottom line. Idaho will be paid $850,000 by Mississippi, $950,000 by Florida State, $975,000 by Florida, $1 million by Auburn and $1.1 million by USC. Those five games will bring in $4.875 million.
Idaho, under first-year coach Paul Petrino, is playing an independent schedule this fallbefore joining the Sun Belt in football-only in 2014.
FUTURE SCHEDULES (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
2013: at North Texas (Aug. 31), at Wyoming (Sept. 7), Northern Illinois (Sept. 14), at Washington State (Sept. 21), Temple (Sept. 28), Fresno State (Oct. 5), at Arkansas State (Oct. 12), at Mississippi (Oct. 26), Texas State (Nov. 2), Old Dominion (Nov. 9), at Florida State (Nov. 23), at New Mexico State (Nov. 30)
2014: at Florida (Aug. 30), at Northern Illinois (Sept. 6), Western Michigan (Sept. 13), at Ohio (Sept. 20), at Fresno State (Sept. 27)
2015: at Ohio (Sept. 5), at USC (Sept. 12), at Auburn (Sept. 19)
2016: at UNLV (Sept. 24), at Temple (TBA)
2017: UNLV (Sept. 9), at Western Michigan (Sept. 23)
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