The College of Idaho football team has released its 11-game schedule for the upcoming 2016 season, including five home games at Simplot Stadium. The Yotes return to the gridiron for the season opener against Frontier Conference rival Montana Western on Sept. 3 in Caldwell.
“The Frontier Conference remains one of the elite conferences in the nation," said C of I football coach Mike Moroski. “And we are building significant rivalries with numerous teams in the league.”
The opener promises to be a thriller. The Yotes and Bulldogs have played four times over the last two seasons, with each of the games decided by four points or fewer.
C of I also plays host to Frontier Conference foes Rocky Mountain (Sept.24), Carroll College (Oct. 8), Southern Oregon (Oct. 22), and Eastern Oregon (Oct. 29). The Oct. 8 matchup with rival Carroll is the Homecoming game. All C of I 2016 home games will kick off at 1 p.m.
The Coyotes will rekindle an old rivalry in their lone non-conference tilt on Sept. 10, playing a night game at NCAA Division III Willamette. The Yotes and Bearcats were charter members of the Northwest Conference in 1926 and squared off 45 times between 1923 and 1977.
“Adding the Willamette game will add some throwback excitement for our alums,” Moroski said.
The Yotes will play road games at Eastern Oregon (Sept. 17), Southern Oregon (Oct. 1), Montana Western (Oct. 22), Montana Tech (Nov. 5) and Montana State-Northern (Nov. 12).
Fans don’t have to wait until fall to see the Yotes take the field. Spring practices begin March 28, culminating in the annual Purple and Gold Spring Game to be held Saturday, April 23 at Simplot Stadium. For more details on football and upcoming season ticket sales, visit www.yoteathletics.com.
The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.