Buzz of the Crowd: Football needs a big win

State Hornet Staff

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A full football season is like a game of Jenga; you pile up wins, but one wrong move and it all comes tumbling down.

Take the University of Florida last season, for example. After the Gators won their first four games and were ranked No. 12 in the nation, they ended the season with a 6-6 record and did not win a game in October.

Sacramento State’s football team came home feeling pretty good about itself after the win against Southern Utah. The Hornets have won back-to-back conference road games and now have their best start since 1999.

But in Big Sky football, there is no room for error. The conference holds four teams in the top 25, but will be lucky to get even three teams into the FCS playoffs.

That means a loss to Weber State would spell the end of an excellent season. The Wildcats are winless this season and currently rank last in offense and 12th in defense.

Weber State has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns, lost six fumbles and have been outscored in the first half, 124-25.

There is no reason Sac State should lose this game unless the Hornets look ahead to future opponents. Why would they though? They have a head coach demanding focus every week and they have shown they are not phased by early success.

The pressure will be on as people pack the stadium. Green and gold will be littered all throughout the campus as Sac State celebrates homecoming. Students, parents, fans and alumni will come together to take part in this long-standing tradition. But what will it do to Hornet spirit if the team loses?

In FCS football it is win or go home. No one gets a trophy for second place and players want more than just a victory against their rivals.

This season could change the direction of the program. Hornet football could be put on the map, but a loss to Weber State will ruin everything they have worked so hard for.

Ryan Kuhn can be reached at ryankuhn@saclink.csus.edu. 

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