Whatever minuscule chance Louisville ever had at qualifying for the 2014 BCS National Championship Game was all but vanquished when the Cardinals lost to unranked UCF this past Friday, 38-35. But according to Louisville coach Charlie Strong, the team never had a shot in the first place because of its weak schedule. Via The Courier-Journal‘s Steve Jones:
Charlie Strong on BCS standings: We were never goign to get where we needed to b/c of our schedule, so it doesn’t bother me.
— Steve Jones (@SteveJones_CJ) October 21, 2013
Is Strong right? Most likely – the Cardinals’ AAC schedule is weak in the first place, and the school didn’t schedule any marquee non-conference matchups either. But it’s a weird quote, because he’s essentially insinuating that it was BCS NCG or bust this year – even though the Cardinals still have a ton to play for. Remember, the AAC conference champion gets an automatic BCS bowl game bid.