NCAA Football Rankings 2012: How No. 10 Louisville Sneaks into BCS Championship

David DanielsSenior Writer IOctober 29, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 26: DeVante Parker #9 of the Louisville Cardinals runs for a touchdown in the fourth quarter during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 26, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  Louisville won 34-31 in overtime  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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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.


 1. Alabama
 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.