Column: A loss to San Jose State would forever tarnish Bobo's legacy at CSU

Colorado State football cannot lose to San Jose State on Saturday. Not after starting the season 1-4 and dropping a game to an FCS opponent at home.

The Hawai’i and Illinois State games may have been disappointing, but a loss to the lowly Spartans could be detrimental to the future of the program. The Rams have qualified for five consecutive bowl games. It is easy to kill that progress with a truly awful year though.

And with the majority of the conference slate still remaining on the schedule, if CSU cannot find a way to beat teams like SJSU and New Mexico, the Rams may not win another game this season. Considering Mike Bobo is the highest paid coach in the Mountain West and the school just opened new facilities, that kind of backslide would be unacceptable to the Ram faithful.

Putting things lightly, CSU fans were already feeling uneasy about Bobo’s inability to take the program to the next level coming into the season. At this point, there would be no coming back from a road loss to one of the nation’s worst Division 1 football programs.

As the standings currently sit, qualifying for a bowl game is definitely a long shot for this team. But conference victories over SJSU and UNM would at least give the Rams an opportunity to play for the postseason.

If nothing else, pride will be on the line as well. With such a brutal start to the season, it would be easy to throw in the towel. These players owe it to Bobo to at least salvage the 2018 campaign.

Bobo could have thrown his guys under the bus on multiple occasions, especially after missing time with medical issues. Instead, the fourth-year head coach has owned all of CSU’s shortcomings.

Unfortunately for Bobo though, his genuinity does not make up for the lack of success. So if the Rams go out and lay an egg in San Jose, Calif., this weekend, it will be Bobo that has to face the heat.

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