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Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: Squaring off with Samford, NDSU prepares for a first-time opponent

The Samford Bulldogs won the Southern Conference this fall, will make their Fargodome debut Friday.

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Friday Night Football is back in Fargo.

North Dakota State will play a nationally televised Friday night football game for the tenth time since 2012, but for the first time it will be in the quarterfinal round. The Bison will match up with the Southern Conference champion, Samford, Friday at 6pm on ESPN2.

The Bulldogs (11-1) enter unbeaten against FCS opponents, their only loss coming to FBS champion Georgia. This will be the first plane flight for Samford since the 2016 season, when they flew to Youngstown State to play a playoff game with the Penguins.

Samford is led by quarterback Michael Heirs, who was the SoCon offensive player of the year. Heirs though was injured in the regular season finale against Mercer, and his status is uncertain for Friday. Backup Quincy Crittendon led Samford to an overtime win over Southeastern Louisiana last week.

The Bison enter dealing with more injuries. Middle linebacker Luke Weerts is in a walking boot and his status is uncertain for Friday's game. NDSU hopes to have fullback Logan Hofstedt available after he was injured during the second round game against Montana.

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WDAY's Dom Izzo and the Forum's Jeff Kolpack preview the matchup with Samford and chat about other topics around college football.

You can listen to past episodes here or at Google Play or Apple ITunes.

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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