Idaho is in it's last season of Sun Belt football and despite reeling off five straight wins to close the 2016 season, including a 61-50 victory over Colorado State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Vandals were picked to finish 6th in the Sun Belt pre-season football poll.

Sun Belt voters ignoring the return of QB Matt Linehan who ranks second among FBS players with 8,696 passing yards.

Appalachian State was picked as the team to beat with Troy a close second. Tory opens the season at Boise State.

The Vandals return to the Big Sky conference in 2018.

here now the Sun Belt Pre-season Poll:

1. Appalachian State 2.Troy 3.Arkansas State 4.South Alabama 5.Louisiana-Lafayette 6. Idaho 7.Georgia Southern, 8.Georgia State 9. Louisiana Monroe 10.New Mexico State 11.Texas State 12.Costal Carolina