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Many college football experts have been bashing Louisville’s 2013 schedule. U of L fans are frustrated with the schedule and, yes, the athletic department is frustrated too. We’re all frustrated about it. But it’s outside of the university’s control. Louisville wants (and tries) to play the big boys, so it’s hard to fault them for all the scheduling short-comings over the last few years. The Cards have worked out agreements before but many of the powerhouse programs decided to pull out of the contract (i.e., the Cards could be playing Georgia in a home-and-home series right now). Had Virginia Tech pulled out of the game versus Alabama this year, Louisville would’ve been the replacement to play Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Louisville could be playing Texas A&M this year but, like the Alabama game, it never materialized. The Cards are trying to schedule a marquee opponent but why can they never land it? Is it because the games always fall through, or are many of the nation’s elite teams scared to play Louisville? Who knows?
Now there is something for Louisville and its fans to be happy about. News came out today from WDRB’s Rick Bozich that Ohio State and Louisville could play each other in a neutral site game at the Cincinnati Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium. Bozich didn’t list a year but with the new college football playoff coming after the 2013 season, many head coaches are not feeling confident about their strength of schedules. In the column, Louisville head football coach Charlie Strong had a conversation with his good friend and OSU coach Urban Meyer over a year ago and Strong asked him “‘Why don’t you play us?’ Meyer responded ‘Let’s think about that’.”
So Eric Crawford and I asked Louisville coach Charlie Strong about a non-conference game that seems like a natural to us – Louisville vs. Ohio State at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
Strong and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer are best friends. Strong said he has already popped the question.
“We talk a lot,” Strong said. “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.”
There’s no question that Louisville could have benefited from the game this season with the Buckeyes ranked second in the USA Today coaches’ pre-season poll and the Cards parked at No. 9. Strength of schedule is going to be an issue for the Cards all season. Strong said he asked Meyer for a game more than a year ago.
Said Strong, “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.’ “
I hope Meyer is still thinking about it. Sounds like a winner to me.
On top of playing Notre Dame in 2014, Ohio State would be a great addition to the Cards’ future non-conference schedule. Apparently, it’s up to Urban Meyer to make this happen. Here’s to hoping Meyer is still thinking about it and will ultimately say yes.