Talk about wishful thinking, in the best kind of way. All the headlines leading up to a Louisville vs. Ohio State regular season showdown would be a sportswriter’s dream, starting with the head coaching collision. Charlie Strong was the defensive coordinator at Florida while Urban Meyer was leading the Gators to not one, but two national titles.
Both have since moved on, and impressed upon the college football world in 2012. Meyer, in just his first season at Ohio State, led the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record. Strong led the Cardinals to a Big East title and then a win over the very same Florida Gators in the BCS Sugar Bowl.
Strong’s squad is now considered among the college game’s elite. However, one BCS win does not make a career. The coach would love to continue to prove his program’s worth, but the only way to make that happen is to schedule other elite schools during the regular season.
So why not Meyer’s Buckeyes?
“We talk a lot,” Strong said, according to WDRB’s Rick Bozich. “I have asked him to play me. I don’t know if he will. I don’t know if he wants to. But I’d love to.”
We as fans would love to see it as well – especially considering Louisville’s 2013 schedule does not feature a single team that is even sniffing the top 25 in any 2013 preseason polls.
Unfortunately, we may have to wait on what would be a dream out-of-conference matchup. Louisville’s strength of schedule is not going to be this weak forever. The program is shifting from the American Athletic Conference this year to a far stronger ACC in 2014 and beyond.
“Before we got in the ACC, I was like, ‘We need to play a big-time opponent … Urban, why don’t you play us?’ He said, ‘Let’s think about that.’ “
Seeing as how the Big 10 is moving from an eight- to a nine-game conference slate beginning in 2014, Meyer may just wind up “thinking about” scheduling this one for quite a bit longer, which is unfortunate for all college football fans.
[H/T: Sports Blogtalk]