Louisville 'too classy' to run up scores

NEWPORT, R.I. – University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong called the expectations placed on his team this season ‘unrealistic.' Strong said the Cardinals won't listen to the media hype and won't worry about the polls.

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong was asked about a wide-array of topics during American Athletic Conference Media Day.

Strong responded to one question with a little chuckle.

"I wish it was that easy," Strong said.

The question was about the expectations that Louisville should run the table this season and would his team have to run up the score to earn style points with the poll voters, helping any chance to play in the BCS title game.

The Cardinals are ranked No. 9 in the USA Today/ESPN preseason coaches' poll and there has been talk of an undefeated season. U of L will be favored in every game, likely double digits in all but one or two.

"We're going to play some really good defenses," Strong said. " We're not there to try and run up the score on anybody, we're there to win the football game. The bottom line, if we win by three or 30, we want to win the football game.

"You can't worry about all of that other stuff."

Strong and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said even with Teddy Bridgewater trying to build a Heisman Trophy campaign, the staff won't leave Bridgewater in the game to try and build stats – or run up scores.

"We have too much class for that," Watson said. "We're not going to do it that way. We'll go to work and we'll get other guys in there.

"We're playing some good teams, we just want to win."

Strong pointed to a season when he was an assistant coach at Florida and winning became a "sigh of relief."

"There's going to be some games where we're not going to play (well)," he said. "There will be some games we're going to be favored and we may walk out of there with a three point victory, but who cares? We won the game.

Are people going to say, you didn't beat them by 30? It's all about us making sure that we maintain our focus and making sure, you know what, guys, at the end of the day, just win the football game. And I'm not going to allow that to happen where winning becomes a sigh of relief. I won't let that happen."

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