Louisville needs a miracle.
Because of their cake-walk schedule, the 2012 NCAA football rankings haven’t been kind to the Cardinals this year. While they’re undefeated, they’re also just ranked No. 10 in the BCS Standings. With the season winding down, here’s Louisville’s most likely route to the national title.
6. Florida State Loses to Florida
The No. 9 Seminoles will face off against Florida in the last game of the regular season. The Gators represent the only winning team left on their schedule. If Florida State were to upset its in-state rival and win out, it would cripple the Cardinals’ title shot.
5. South Carolina Loses to Clemson
With Arkansas and Wofford in their near future, the No. 8 Gamecocks’ only threat the rest of the season is No. 13 Clemson. The game is at the Tigers’ stadium and with Marcus Lattimore out, such an upset wouldn’t be even slightly shocking.
4. Florida and LSU Lose to Alabama
LSU will take on the Crimson Tide this week and Florida would have the privilege of doing so if it reaches the SEC Championship. It's possible for any team to lose to Alabama, so Louisville should feel confident that the Crimson Tide will take down the Gators.
3. Notre Dame and Oregon Lose to USC
For the Ducks, throw in Stanford and Oregon State as well. They’ll face three highly ranked teams to close out the regular season and a loss to any of them could give the Cardinals the edge. For Notre Dame, though, it’s all about the Trojans.
2. Kansas State Chokes
There isn’t anyone left on the Wildcats’ schedule that they should fear, but at least all of their opponents are respectable. Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor and Texas are all talented football teams. One of them must play the game of its life to knock out the Wildcats, though.
1. Win Out
Louisville’s path to the national championship is an unlikely one, but it all starts with staying perfect. Winning out would likely be enough to leapfrog No. 6 Georgia, who would have only one victory over a ranked opponent under its belt.
Again, it’d be a miracle if the Cardinals got in, but stranger things have happened in college football.
|WEEK 10 BCS STANDINGS|
| 2. Kansas State|
| 3. Notre Dame|
| 4. Oregon|
| 5. LSU|
| 6. Georgia|
| 7. Florida|
| 8. South Carolina|
| 9. Florida State|
| 10. Louisville|
| 11. Oregon State|
| 12. Oklahoma|
| 13. Clemson|
| 14. Stanford|
| 15. Mississippi State|
| 16. Texas A&M|
| 17. USC|
| 18. Texas Tech|
| 19. Boise State|
| 20. Nebraska|
| 21. West Virginia|
| 22. Arizona|
| 23. Texas|
| 24. Oklahoma State|
25. Louisiana Tech
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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