Louisville starts the season ranked ninth in the USA Today Coaches poll, but the Cards won't be there long.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The University of Louisville starts the college football season ranked Number 9 in the USA Today coaches' poll.
Here is the story: The Cardinals won't be ranked ninth for long. It will take a little longer than eight hours, but Louisville can work from 9 to 5 by Sept. 15.
Moving higher than fifth won't be easy. It might be impossible. Alabama and Ohio State are talking unbeaten seasons. Oregon is Oregon. Stanford is loaded. The Oregon-Stanford game will create an opening, but that's not until Nov. 7.
It's going to take work. Luck. And other kinds of hocus pocus. No mistakes by Teddy Bridgewater and friends.
But getting into the top five? It can happen by the middle of September. Follow along.
Step One: Clemson is ranked eighth. The Tigers open against Georgia Aug. 31. The game is at Clemson. That's OK. The Bulldogs have Aaron Murray, a senior quarterback who won a dozen games and almost beat Alabama last season. He's good. Very good. Georgia has the talent to beat anybody.
Step Two: Georgia is ranked fifth. After the Bulldogs win at Clemson, they return to Athens for their Southeastern Conference opener against South Carolina. Check the record. Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks have won three straight against the Bulldogs. USC defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is looking for Murray. He should find him. Clowney is good. Very, very good. That might not be enough verys.
Step Three: Texas A&M is ranked sixth. The Aggies have Johnny Manziel at quarterback. But they've lost 11 starters. On Sept. 14, A&M hosts Alabama in a Payback Game. Bama also has a talented quarterback, and A.J. McCarron can push ahead of Manziel in the Heisman Race by outplaying Johnny Football, who seems more interested in starring on Entertainment Tonight.
Texas A&M loses.
Step Four: This is the tricky part. Somebody needs to beat South Carolina to make this happen. The Gamecocks play their first three against North Carolina, Georgia and Vanderbilt. I'm giving them the win at Georgia. But Steve Spurrier's teams often take a strange step. Vanderbilt played the Gamecocks to the wire last season. Something strange could happen. At least that's my story.
South Carolina loses.
Step Five: Ohio University, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky. That's the opening trio for Louisville. The Bobcats beat Penn State last season and have a dangerous quarterback. The Colonels are always eager for greater exposure. Kentucky is tired of losing to Cardinals and hearing about their BCS aspirations. Won't matter.
Louisville wins all three.
It will take a little longer than eight hours, but the Cards can work from 9 to 5 by the middle of September.