The Northern Iowa Panthers are the higher-ranked team in Friday's FCS playoff quarterfinal against the Montana Grizzlies, but as the 5-seed they are apparent underdogs. Recent history would suggest that they should be, with the Panthers having gone 1-3 in their last four quarterfinal games on the road, and 0-4 all-time against the Grizzlies. UNI head coach Mark Farley certainly won't be taking the Grizzlies lightly, though he does see a lot of similarities between the two teams.
"I think Montana is similar. In fact, their expectations are very similar. Whey they go into a season, they expect to win. When they go into a football game, they expect to win. I think that's what separates them from a lot of teams that we line up against," Farley observed.
Farley is in his 11th season with the Panthers. He will earn his 100th career victory with a win. Friday's game kicks off at 8:05 p.m. ET on ESPN, with the rest of the quarterfinal matchups to be played on Saturday. SB Nation has the full television schedule of this weekend's games.