Monday, September 10, 2012

Leading Off: Sac State's upset will meaning nothing with a loss - Sacramento Bee

Poll

How many games will Sac State's football team win this season?

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It doesn't get any better than for an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision team to go into a hostile Pacific-12 Conference stadium as 20-point underdogs and later dance off the field with the upset victory.

So enjoy it, Sacramento State. The Hornets deserve every accolade coming their way following Saturday's 30-28 victory over Colorado in Boulder. Big Sky Player of the Week (placekicker Edgar Castaneda)? An FCS top-25 ranking? The attention of sought-after recruits?

But Sac State coach Marshall Sperbeck and the Hornets should also know this: The stunning victory at Colorado means absolutely nothing if the Hornets don't beat Northern Colorado on Saturday in Sac State's home opener.

It would be just another sign of the inconsistency the program has struggled with well before Sperbeck's arrival five seasons ago.

Last year's upset victory over Oregon State of the Pac-12 had Sac State's community buzzing as never before. But it was soon followed by ugly losses at Southern Utah and Weber State.

There was the unexpected win over the Montana Grizzlies â€" whose only other regular-season loss was at Tennessee â€" but the Hornets still ended the season with a disappointing 4-7 record.

So where will the green-and-gold coaster take its fans in 2012?

Next around the bend are the Northern Colorado Bears, a winless bunch in 2011 that ended a 12-game losing streak Saturday against Division II Colorado Mesa.

It's a game that Sac State not only can win, but must win.

Thrills and chills, or just another spill? Get your tickets now.

What to watch

Football, Raiders vs. Chargers, 7:15 p.m., ESPN: A new era of Oakland Raiders football begins on national TV.

Today's poll

How many games will Sac State's football team win this season?

• Fewer than five games

• Exactly five

• More than five

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Weekend results

Which team will win more games this season?

• 49ers: 85%

• Raiders: 15%

Total votes: 249

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â€" Victor Contreras

Twitter: @sacbeevictor

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