First AP Poll Released; Cards Unranked

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com
Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The Louisville Cardinals will begin the 2015 college football season unranked, and that is just fine by me. Gone are the days where we would look at the schedule and maybe see one ranked opponent that we just absolutely HAD to beat to have any good wins. Now in the ACC, and with a pretty big season opener, the Cards will have plenty of chances to make their way into the top 25.

If you count the teams in the “others receiving votes” section, Louisville technically finds themselves ranked at #32. Like I said, there are chances to beat ranked teams and move up. In the preseason poll, Louisville faces three ranked teams:

#6 – Auburn

#10 – Florida State

#12 – Clemson

Clemson opens their season at home against Wofford and Appalachian State. Assuming they are 2-0 coming into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Thursday, September 17, and if a couple of teams in the top 10 slip up, Clemson will be a top 10 team when Louisville plays them. If so, that is two top 10 opponents in the first three games of the season.

Not ranked right now, but we will find out quickly how good this team really is.

1. Ohio State (61)

2. TCU

3. Alabama

4. Baylor

5. Michigan State

6. Auburn

7. Oregon

8. USC

9. Georgia

10. Florida State

11. Notre Dame

12. Clemson

13. UCLA

14. LSU

15. Arizona State

16. Georgia Tech

17. Ole Miss

18. Arkansas

19. Oklahoma

20. Wisconsin

21. Stanford

22. Arizona

23. Boise State

24. Missouri

25. Tennessee

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 100, Texas A&M 61, Oklahoma State 46, Virginia Tech 42, Utah 36, Penn State 20, Louisville 12, Cincinnati 8, Nebraska 6, Kansas State 5, Florida 4, NC State 4, Texas 3, BYU 2, Northern Illinois 2, Michigan 2, California 1, Western Kentucky 1, West Virginia 1

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