At the end of the 2013 season the Cardinals finished the season ranked #15 in the Coaches Poll after dismantling the Miami Hurricanes.  At the time, the Cards trailed LSU by just 16 points who beat Iowa 21-14 in the Outback Bowl.

Louisville is unranked in the Coaches Poll to start the 2014 season coming in with just 32 points at #36. Louisville had been in the Coaches Top 25 since 9/4/2012 a period of 696 days.

The 2014 season is going to be different.  The polls may have some influence, but this season the College Football Playoff’s 4 teams are going to be selected by committee.  That committee will release its rankings on October 28th for the 1st time.  So the end of July Coaches Poll may matter a little less than it has in years past, but it will still establish a starting point.

Last year Auburn didn’t enter the Coaches Poll until Week 8 (October 20th) and wound up playing for the national championship.  The Tigers entered the AP Poll a week earlier (October 13th).

1) Florida State
2) Alabama
3) Oklahoma
4) Oregon
5) Auburn
6) Ohio State
7) UCLA
8) Michigan State
9) South Carolina
10) Baylor
11) Stanford
12) Georgia
13) LSU
14) Wisconsin
15) USC
16) Clemson
17) Notre Dame
18) Arizona State
19) Ole Miss
20) Texas A&M
21) Kansas State
22) Nebraska
23) North Carolina
24) Texas
25) Washington

Others Receiving Votes
Missouri 126; Florida 122; Central Florida 102; Mississippi State 74; Oklahoma State 56; TCU 54; Michigan 53; Iowa 49; Miami (Fla.) 45; Duke 41; Louisville 32; Marshall 27; Brigham Young 18; Boise State 13; Louisiana-Lafayette 12; Virginia Tech 12; Texas Tech 8; Minnesota 6; Cincinnati 6; Northwestern 5; Oregon State 4; Fresno State 4; GeorgiaTech 2; Houston 2; Arkansas 1; Arizona 1; Northern Illinois 1.

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