Louisville Football: Will Undefeated Cards Have a Shot at a BCS Championship?

Colby LanhamCorrespondent INovember 4, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 03:  Charlie Strong the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals talks with Jermaine Reve #27 during the game against the Temple Owls at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The BCS Rankings have spoken, and one of the few surprises was the ranking of the Louisville Cardinals at No. 9. The team currently sits at 9-0 atop the Big East Conference, but may not deserve their high placement. 

Teams like Florida State and Clemson weren't too pleased about being jumped by Louisville. 

But considering the fact that the Cardinals are undefeated and on track to win the Big East Conference, one must ask this question: How much of a shot do they have at the BCS Championship Game?

Louisville is one of five undefeated teams in the Top 10 outside of Alabama, Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame, who make up the Top Four. They have more claim than others with their unbeaten record, more so than teams like Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and LSU, who all have one or two losses. At the very least, they could claim to be ranked among the Top Five instead of at No. 9.

But, there is another side to the Cardinals, a side where their claims will fall on deaf ears.

First, the Cardinals schedule has not featured any ranked teams. Their lone ranked opponent is Rutgers, who they play in their last scheduled home game. They have also had several close calls, barely beating lesser competition like Southern Mississippi, South Florida and Cincinnati, winning those games by three points or less.

Also, there is still some football left to be played.

Because of their close calls, it's not guaranteed they can beat UConn or Rutgers, who are both right behind them in the Big East. It's very likely that matchup could decide the winner of the Big East.

So, while Louisville does in fact boast an undefeated record, their resume is nowhere near the claim of the other four undefeated teams in the Top 10, and the Cardinals should be happy to get either the BCS Bowl bid, should they win out, or another quality Big East Bowl.