Louisville Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong knows the power of the SEC. After all, he contributed to the league’s rise as the best and deepest in collegiate sports while serving as the defensive coordinator of the Florida Gators. Now, as the leader of an undefeated Big East team, Strong would love the chance to take his team up against an SEC team.
When asked about being ranked below five SEC teams in the BCS rankings, Strong was firm in his response about his squad and the competition outside of the Big East.
“I say to them, ‘I’ll go play any of them so it doesn’t matter to me,’ ” he said. “I’m not saying that to be arrogant or cocky, but I think if you have a good football team, you feel like you can go play with some of these teams.”
While some believe the SEC is as vulnerable as they have been in five years– the last time an non-SEC team won the BCS Title–the league is still dominant. If Alabama can be beat by someone, it’s a Pac-12 team like Oregon, unique independent like Notre Dame or Big 12 winner such as Kansas State.
As for Louisville? No one is suggesting that a Big East team belongs in the BCS Title discussion, but any undefeated team will have their supporters. Ultimately, Louisville might get their shot at a non-BCS Title team from the SEC–possibly even the loser of the SEC title game.
If Louisville is paired with a Georgia or LSU in a BCS game, we’ll look back to these early November comments from a confident Big East coach.