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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.
(1) Alabama (3-0) vs (21) Ole Miss (3-0) 6:30 ESPN
(2) Oregon (3-0) vs California (1-2) 10:30 Pac-12 Network
(3) Ohio State (4-0) vs (24) Wisconsin (3-1) 8:00 ABC
(4) Clemson (3-0) vs Wake Forest (2-2) 3:30 ESPNU
(5) Stanford (3-0) @ Washington State (3-1) 10:00 ESPN
(6) LSU (4-0) @ (10) Georgia (2-1) 3:30 CBS
(7) Louisville (4-0) is off this week
(8) Florida State (3-0) @ Boston College (2-1) 3:30 ABC/ESPN2
(9) Texas A&M (3-1) @ Arkansas (3-1) 7:00 ESPN2
(10) Georgia (2-1) vs (6) LSU (4-0) 3:30 CBS
*Another big game for Louisville fans to keep an eye on*
UCF (3-0) vs (13) South Carolina (2-1) 12:00 ABC
As a college football fan, I am glad our bye comes this week and not last week because there was not much to watch as far as football goes. There are some really good games this week. If there are no upsets in the Top 10, I could see Florida State jumping up to 7th and the Cards falling to 8th. With Florida State already being really close to us points-wise and the voters looking for a reason to keep us away from the BCS Title game because of our schedule, that is a real possibility.
I had thought that I would want Georgia to beat LSU. I know that would likely mean Georgia jumps ahead of us and we don’t move up anyways, but I figured it would be good for LSU to get a loss since Georgia already has one. However, looking at their remaining schedules, I am not so sure now. It may be better for LSU to win, and here’s why: Georgia would likely jump us in the polls if they win, and they have 1 game left against a team that is currently ranked, and that’s against (19) Florida. So this could very well be their last chance to lose a game before possibly the SEC Championship. On the other side of that, LSU still has games against (19) Florida, at (21) Ole Miss, at (1) Alabama, and (10) Texas A&M. So maybe we want LSU to knock off Georiga and give them 2 losses. Either way, I am looking forward to watching a good game with that one.
21st ranked Ole Miss is not a bad football team, but obviously it will take a great game to knock off Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Texas A&M did it last year, and people have said this Alabama team has some weaknesses, so you never know. I don’t count on that happening though, but it would be nice. Alabama struggled to put away Colorado State last week, but the Rams are also coached by Nick Saban’s former offensive coordinator, and he likely did not want to embarrass him.
Ohio State has a schedule that is almost as bad as ours, but they actually play a ranked team this week when 24th ranked Wisconsin comes to town. Braxton Miller is supposed to be starting again, so we will see if he is healthy and how that goes. It would be big for the Badgers to go into the Horseshoe and knock off the Buckeyes.
A big game for Louisville fans to pay attention to will be UCF hosting 13th ranked South Carolina. UCF is 2nd on the “others receiving votes” portion of the poll, and a win against the Gamecocks would easily vault them around the Top 20 depending on what other teams do. The AAC needs all the non-conference games they can get, and they have been hard to come by lately. Rutgers beat Arkansas, which was good, but UConn blew it against Michigan. And of course there have been teams that have already lost to FCS teams or just really bad FBS teams. This would be a huge win for UCF and for the conference, and it would make that Friday night game (October 18) at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium a pretty big one.
So do whatever you need to do in order to survive this bye week without Louisville football. It will be tough, but at least there are some good games to watch, and certainly some that will impact the Cards.