According to the Mountain West Connection Website, Colorado State seems to be catching grief from their loss to the No. 1 team in the nation, but could there be some good coming out of playing this powerhouse team despite the brutal loss? Besides the $1.5 million pay, Colorado State is also looking at boosting their reputation in the recruiting world.
How could one team boost their reputation by losing to the No.1 team in the nation? If a team loses, isn’t that a negative in recruit’s eyes? Yes and no. A positive that stems from Colorado State (a lesser known team) playing Alabama (No.1 powerhouse team) is the visibility it brings to Colorado State. In the article on the Mountain West Connection website it says, High recruits might happen to love the fact that every few years they get the chance to prove themselves to the world by playing these well known teams. On the other hand, a negative could stem from high recruits playing against these well-known teams and getting stomped all over if all goes according to “plan”.
Another positive for Colorado State recruiting is that every player wants to face quality competition. In order to make it to the NFL, a player needs recognition from scouts. At these large games, scouts are flocking and if a team like Colorado State is expected to lose by a couple of touchdowns, what do they have to lose? Nothing! If they lose, they were expected to do so all along, and if they upset, they get recognition and visibility like never before. Playing the best, can only help create the best program, so why not!
Ryan Krous sees it as a positive by saying,” I remember talking to recruits last cycle that had mentioned the ‘coolness factor’, if you will, of playing Alabama. Kids want that kind of experience and TV exposure for family and friends to see.”