ORONO (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- After a 55-27 win over Jacksonville State on Saturday, the Maine Black Bears are back to work.
The football team is getting ready to head west to Utah to face the Weber State Wildcats in the FCS quarterfinals.
"We gotta hit the ground running, put, put Saturday in the past and get working on Weber State and that's what we did," senior wide receiver Micah Wright said at Monday's practice. "We had a good practice and just building confidence."
The team is looking at film and trying to study Weber State, but sophomore quarterback Chris Ferguson says there's something familiar about the Wildcats.
"They reminded me of us. As a group and as a team," Ferguson said. "You don't see the stats and those kind of things but they're sound, they're really well coached and they're disciplined."
While the team they're playing seems familiar, Utah is not. Head coach Joe Harasymiak says they're not changing much about their preparations.
"We're just gonna make sure we sleep and rest," he said. "I think that's the No. 1 thing and then hydration and eating right. And certainly do a little more conditioning, lay off the lifts a little bit."
Maine is a 5.5 underdog, but being the underdog is something they're used to. And they use it as motivation.
"To prove everybody that's disrespected us all season and still disrespecting us, prove them wrong and earn respect and take it," Wright said.
So they're off to Utah, and are hoping for more football after that.
"We have a legitimate shot here and we're going to seize the opportunity and take it by the horns," Wright said.
Kickoff is 8 p.m. Friday on ESPN 2 and NEWS CENTER Maine will be there to bring you all the action.