What. Louisville is listed at seventh in the first College Football Playoff Rankings of the season.
Alabama sits at the top, Clemson is in the second spot, Michigan is third, and Texas A&M rounds out the top four.
Alabama sits at 8-0 and has dominated the SEC this season. Clemson is also 8-0 after surviving against Louisville and Florida State. Michigan appears to be the top team in the Big Ten right now at 8-0. Texas A&M, which surprised many being so high, is the only 7-1 team in the top four.
Washington is 8-0, but their PAC-12 schedule appears to be hurting them, Ohio State is 7-1 and found themselves struggling this season after fortunate wins against Wisconsin and Northwestern.
Then there's Louisville. Number seven. The AP and Coaches Polls each had the Cards at five in their updated rankings.
Louisville's struggles against Duke and Virginia appear to be hurting their chances of making the playoffs. U of L was barely a consideration for the playoffs at the beginning of the season (when Lamar Jackson still had 100-1 odds of winning the Heisman) and quickly raced out as one of the front-runners within a few weeks. The one-possession loss at Clemson dropped the Cards and seems to have caused the selection committee to lose interest altogether.
Thankfully, we are only two-thirds through the season. A lot can happen. For Louisville, no more close wins can happen. They must show a dominating performance from here on out. The Cards need some help with Texas A&M, Ohio State, and Washington losing. A one loss Clemson, Alabama, or Michigan team will not be enough for Louisville to surpass them.
Now we just have to sit and wait. And cheer on the Cards!