Idaho football’s battles with WSU likely to continue

STATESMAN STAFFSeptember 20, 2013 

MOSCOW — Idaho and Washington State resume their rivalry Saturday night at Martin Stadium after a six-year hiatus.

Fortunately for local college football fans, it appears to be the first of many games between the two schools in the years to come.

“I really initiated that because it made sense to me,” Washington State Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “They’re an FBS school just 8 miles away, with long tradition of playing each other through the decades, and it’s a relatively inexpensive trip for them and an opportunity for us to have visiting team fans help fill our stadium.”

The two schools also scheduled a game for 2016, which will be played in Pullman. Moos likes the time gap between the games, and said he is open to the possibility of a 2019 matchup, as well.

“That keeps the series fresh, and yet it allows our fans to have a variety of other non-conference opponents coming into Pullman,” Moos said.

Idaho, also interested in playing the rivalry, will receive $550,000 for the game. Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear said the Vandals will not host the Cougars unless capacity increases in the Kibbie Dome.

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