It's possible that very little long-term good will come from the big loss by Sacramento State's football team to Arizona State on Thursday.
The Bee's Bill Paterson wrote an excellent story about the compelling reasons Football Championship Subdivision teams seek games against the Football Bowl Subdivision big boys: It's a good payday; players get to perform on a bigger stage; and the exposure can be good for recruiting, especially in the wake of upsets such as Sac State's victories over Colorado in 2012 and Oregon State in 2011.
But the losses to the Sun Devils this season and to Stanford in 2010 are the flip side, setbacks that beg the question: Do big losses outweigh the close wins?
Only the most starry-eyed fans think the Hornets are bound for national football greatness, but they play entertaining football and thousands are looking for reasons to attend games and check game summaries.
But it's possible big early-season losses chill the ardor that might be further stoked by victories, or at least even matchups, as the team prepares for the conference schedule.
It might be that winning is more important than playing a marquee road game that could be considered more of a sideshow than an integrated part of the season.
Practically speaking, Sac State got no bump in attendance at home following last season's road win over Colorado. The best attendance was for games against good Big Sky Conference teams.
No doubt, the occasional upset of a Pacific-12 Conference team is a fine achievement, but in the long run, fighting in your own weight class might be a better approach.
What to watch
Baseball, A's at Minnesota, 5:10 p.m., CSNCA: Rookie Sonny Gray is 2-3 despite a 2.51 ERA in six starts for the A's.
What would compel you to attend Sac State football games?
Winning more games, even if against inferior competition.
Playing more schools from bigger conferences on the road.
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