There are some exciting games this week in college football. The great thing about Louisville playing a weeknight game (to me) is getting to enjoy watching other games all day Saturday. Teams in the Top 10 have some tough match-ups, highlighted by a pair of Top 5 teams squaring off. That surely gives Louisville the chance to make a move in the polls, but will a team jump ahead of the Cards? Here are the games to keep an eye on this weekend! (Once again, this is using the USA Today/Coaches Poll)
Here is the latest Coaches poll released by USA Today:
(3) Ohio State
(5) Florida State
(7) Texas A&M
(9) South Carolina
(11) Miami (Fla.)
(15) Texas Tech
(17) Oklahoma State
(19) Fresno State
(20) Va. Tech
(23) Northern Illinois
Here are the latest rankings from the Associated Press:
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Nothing official from the AP or USA Today guys but here’s where I see the top 10 rounding out today. First I do see some positive movement for the Cards this week as Stanford and Georgia fell yesterday. I also don’t see A&M jumping us after struggling with 3-3 Ole Miss last night. As I told you guys a few weeks ago, all we need is for one team to fall every week to have a shot at the title game. Yesterday we got 3 with OU falling who had the potential to jump us if they kept winning. LSU & A&M are the lone teams remaining who can jump us with wins in my opinion. Here’s how I think the polls will shake out:
This is the kind of chaos that the Louisville Cardinals need if there is going to be any improvement in their ranking from here on out. Without much competition on the schedule, and with what some would call a “missed opportunity” on Thursday against Rutgers (I agree to an extent), other top teams have to lose for the Cards to move up in the polls. We have been hoping for it every week but it hasn’t seemed to happen. Finally on this Saturday in October, in week 7 of the college football season, 3 teams in the Top 10 of the USA Today/Coaches Poll went down in defeat. The Cards entered this week ranked 8th.
After starting the season ranked 9th in the country and climbing up to 6th, the Cards have kind of hit a stand-still around the 7th spot in the polls. With the lack of quality opponents combined with some of the top teams playing good competition, it has become increasingly difficult for the Louisville Cardinals to continue to climb up the rankings. But just as I have done every week so far, I will give you the schedule for the Top 10 teams so you know who to cheer for and so you can see what teams have legit chances of falling so the Cards can move up. As always, I will use the USA Today/Coaches poll since that factors into the BCS rankings. Here you go…
Here we are approaching week six of the NCAA Football season and the Cards have moved just two spots despite 4 teams ahead of us falling (LSU, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas A&M). As a fan, it is discerning to feel like no matter what we do that it seems like we are just running in place. Got me thinking though, what exactly needs to happen for us to make the BCS Title game in Pasadena? I started looking at the schedules of the teams above and the ones who may jump us. Here is the blueprint to our title hopes.
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The Cards began the season ranked 9th in the country and had been gaining 1 spot each week so far, climbing up to 6th place last week in the USA Today/Coaches poll, which figures into the BCS rankings. After the 72-0 blowout against FIU, Louisville actually dropped a spot to #7 as LSU took the 6th spot after they beat Auburn. There is not much of a gap between LSU and Louisville in the rankings when it comes to points, but there also is not much between Louisville and 8th ranked Florida State. Let’s take a look at who the top 10 teams play this week so you can see who you need to be cheering for.
Three weeks down, three spots gained for the Louisville Cardinals. Starting the season ranked 9th in the country, the Cards now find themselves ranked 6th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, which is the poll that figures into the BCS formula. As I have been doing each week so far, I am going to show you the schedule for the teams in the top 10, just so you know what the chances are of a top team falling and the Cards moving up once again. Let’s take a look.
Two weeks down, two spots gained in the polls for the Cards so far. Starting the season ranked 9th, Louisville has climbed up to 7th after losses by Georgia and then South Carolina (thanks to Georgia). So what are the chances that the Cards move up another spot with a win in Lexington? Pretty good if you ask me. Let’s take a look. (Using the USA Today poll since that counts in the BCS formula)
With Georgia’s loss to Clemson in Week 1, the Cards jumped up 1 spot in both polls to #8. I must say I expected Georgia to be dropped to 8th and for Louisville to be stuck at 9. But I think since we not only won, but looked good doing it, that helped us get over the schedule hump for this week. Georgia actually dropped all the way to 12th in the USA Today poll after impressive performances by LSU and Florida State.
So if the Cards win this week against Eastern Kentucky, will they climb another spot? Let’s take a look at who the rest of the Top 10 have this week.
As we all know, if the Louisville Cardinals have any shot at the prestigious National Championship game, they will obviously have to go 12-0 and have teams in front of them lose a game or two. So with the Cards starting the season ranked 9th, I am going to take a look at the schedule for week 1 for teams in the top 10, just so you know what games to keep an eye on this weekend. I am using the USA Today Poll since that is the one that matters in the BCS formula.
It seems like 2006 was the last time the Cards played a big-named opponent in a regular season non-conference football game. That was when the Miami Hurricanes came to town. They weren’t exactly national title contenders at the time, but that was a big-time opponent nonetheless. Since then, the Cards have had a home and home series with Georgia cancelled, and tried to schedule games with Alabama, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin, just to name a few. Because none of these have worked out, Louisville’s schedule is often not very strong.
*Update to this story: It has been reported that UofL will NOT be recruiting Murray to play for the Cards.
Word is that Ohio St. Sophmore cornerback Najee Murray has been dismissed from the team. Ohio St. is on thin ice at the moment and any sort of violation of team rules right now can result in dismissal. Full details of the dismissal have not yet been released. According to this Ohio St. SB Nation Article Louisville is the most likely landing place for Murray. Murray was a 4 Star recruit out of high school and contributed on in 6 of last seasons games as a True Freshman before suffering a knee injury.
By looking at the title, you may be saying “Come on Justin, 1 game at a time. We can’t worry about a possible National Title game right now.” For the players and coaches? Absolutely, they should take that approach. As fans? We can look ahead as much as we want to. A lot of us may think we are out there playing and we shouldn’t look past anyone, but does it matter at all how far down the road WE look? Nah. So let’s examine this possible path together, shall we?
By Justin Renck:
Had to take a trip over to some Ohio State message boards to see how they took the news of James Quick choosing the Cards over the Buckeyes. Most of them had the expected “We didn’t want/need him anyway.” Haha. Enjoy!