A loss would be equally as devastating.
#10 McNeese State will travel to San Marcos, TX to take on #25 Texas State on Saturday, November 14th. Both teams are ranked in the Sports Network FCS Top 25 poll. Both teams are part of a four-way tie for first place in the Southland Conference (along with Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin).
What makes this game even more important is this: Southeastern and SFA are also playing each other this weekend. That means the four-way tie will become a tie between two teams after this weekend's action.
The Cowboys know this game is nothing short of critical.
"This is the biggest game I'd say we've had the whole season," McNeese safety Devin Holland said. "We have to beat them."
"This is as big as it gets right here," McNeese guard Miguel Gauthreaux said. "You don't get too many of these games right here where so much is on the line. Two teams out of the top four in our conference are going to lose this weekend. We plan on not being one of them."
Some of the Cowboys we talked to believe their difficult non-conference schedule has helped them be better prepared for their showdown with the Bobcats.
"Everybody asked Coach Viator, 'Why are you scheduling Appalachian State and Tulane in the beginning of the season,'" McNeese defensive tackle Desmund Lighten said. "Well, when you get used to playing those type of caliber teams on the road, when you get into a situation in conference when it really, really matters, you're used to it. So it's just like another game for us."
It may seem like just another game, but the Cowboys know it's much more than that.
MSU and Texas State will get started at 6pm on Saturday, November 14th.