The 1939 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1939 college football season. The Vandals were led by fifth-year head coach Ted Bank, and were members of the Pacific Coast Conference. Home games were played on campus in Moscow at Neale Stadium, with one game in Boise at Public School Field.
The Vandals were 2–6 overall and lost all three conference games. They did not play any of the four teams from California teams, Washington, or Oregon. In the Battle of the Palouse with neighbor Washington State, the Vandals suffered a twelfth straight loss, falling 13–21 at Rogers Field in Pullman on November 11. Idaho's most recent win in the series was a fourteen years earlier in 1925 and the next was fifteen years away in 1954.
Two weeks earlier, Idaho began a rare three-year losing streak to Montana in the Little Brown Stein rivalry with a 13-point shutout at homecoming in Moscow. While Montana was in the PCC (through 1949), the loser of the game was frequently last in the conference standings.
|1939 Idaho Vandals football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Conference|
|1939 record||2–6 (0–3 PCC)|
|Head coach||Ted Bank (5th season)|
|Home stadium||Neale Stadium|
|1939 PCC football standings|
|No. 3 USC $||5||–||0||–||2||8||–||0||–||2|
|No. 7 UCLA||5||–||0||–||3||6||–||0||–||4|
Rankings from AP Poll
|September 30||2:00 pm||Montana State*||W 7–6|
|October 7||2:00 pm||at Oregon State||L 6–7|
|October 13||2:00 pm||at Gonzaga*||L 0–19|
|October 21||1:00 pm||vs. Utah*||L 0–35||6,500|
|October 28||2:00 pm||Montana||L 0–13|
|November 4||2:00 pm||Utah State*||W 19–7||2,500|
|November 11||2:00 pm||at Washington State||L 13–21||12,000|
|November 23||1:00 pm||at Denver*||L 0–23||14,000|
|Bowls and rivalries|
|Culture and lore|