Countdown to kickoff: Hello, Idaho

GeauxTigerNation writers Gary Laney and David Helman get you ready for the season with a daily breakdown throughout August of what LSU is facing in the fall, from its opponents, to its road trips to who it's recruiting. Today, David Helman caught up with Troy Warzocha of the Lewiston Tribune to preview LSU's non-conference game against Idaho.

Q: Despite adding LSU, Idaho's schedule looks pretty manageable after a two-win season in 2011. Are the Vandals returning enough talent to reverse last year's trend of close losses?

I would say so. Naturally, the key for the Vandals will be to limit the mistakes in the red zone. Last year, Idaho’s went 1-4 in games decided by seven points or fewer and failed to execute offensively down the stretch.

Although there are two relatively green quarterbacks in Dominique Blackman and Taylor Davis competing for the starting job, the retooled coaching staff assembled around them is one of the most talented in recent memory.

This offseason, Idaho brought in former Hawaii offensive line coach Gordy Shaw to lead the o-line as well as longtime WSU receivers coach Mike Levenseller and former UCLA running backs coach Wayne Moses. Former WSU standout quarterback Jason Gesser was promoted to offensive coordinator and is already leaving his thumbprint on the offense.