According to an ESPN report, Louisville tried to bolster their non-conference schedule for 2013 by scheduling an opener against Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies. Moreover, with Virginia Tech potentially backing out of its game against Alabama depending on if quarterback Logan Thomas jumped to the NFL, Louisville made it known they’d be interested in replacing the Hokies.
The Cardinals are expected to be a preseason top ten team after winning their conference last year and beating the Gators in the Sugar Bowl. Charlie Strong’s team returns 8 offensive starters and 10 defensive starters.
With such a roster, it made sense to try and land a marquee matchup for 2013. The exposure would be great for Louisville, and there’s no guarantee that the team will have the same level of talent in the years ahead. Get the exposure while you know you can compete.
Why does Louisville need to bolster their schedule? Well look at it and try not to throw up. It’s worth noting that Louisville intends to join the ACC, so the future schedule should get a boost (as much as the ACC can provide, of course).
Charlie Strong is no stranger to the SEC. He knows to be the best, you have to compete with the best. Louisville bet big on Strong last year in order to keep him. The upcoming seasons will tell us if it was the right bet.