Offensive tackle Alex Kupper has been a part of the football turnaround at Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The skeptics know the University of
Louisville football team can win games in the Big East Conference. The Cards
went 5-2 in the Big East last season.
What the skeptics want to see is Louisville defeat teams
outside the Big East. Charlie Strong's team lost four of six games outside the
league last season, defeating Kentucky and Murray State, while losing to North
Carolina, FIU, Marshall and North Carolina State.
That is one reason that Alex Kupper, a starting offensive
tackle for U of L, considers the Kentucky game a chance for Louisville to earn
credibility points outside this area.
"You've got to go win non-conference games to build your credibility,"
said Kupper. "We're going to have to beat teams like Kentucky, Southern Miss
and North Carolina to make sure to prove our worth in the nation, pretty much.
You win those games and bigger games are to come down the road."
That's life in the Big East. With West Virginia gone to the
Big 12, Louisville is aligned to slide into the position of Big East
heavyweight. The position is open. But some people are hesitant, if not
resistant, to believe that a true heavyweight can exist in the Big East.
"It's just like any game, you've got to prove yourself to
the nation that the Big East is competitive," Kupper said. "I know that it is, personally. You see the
name Big East and people put up, ‘Weakest conference, blah, blah, blah.' You've
just got to go prove yourself."