If anyone outside of the SEC understands how to beat some of the teams in the nation’s most dominant conference, it is Louisville coach Charlie Strong. Having coached at three SEC schools, Strong’s Cardinals team beat the Gators in the 2013 BCS Sugar Bowl.
With a loss to AAC rival UCF already on its schedule, there is very little hope for Louisville to reach a BCS bowl in repeat seasons.
However, when given a hypothetical, Strong stated that he believes his players could hang with, not only the best team in the SEC, but the No. 1-ranked team in the country, Alabama.
Strong: I think we could play with Alabama. I don’t know who would win that game, but I’m not going to say they’d just wear us out.
— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) November 11, 2013
Is this bulletin board material? Not really. It is simply a coach expressing confidence in the players he has recruited and developed into winners.
Louisville moves into the ACC next season, and should have a stronger schedule. If they can hang with the likes of Clemson and Florida State, the Cardinals may just get their shot at Alabama (or whoever else is dominating the landscape).