LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Before the University of Louisville has played a game, the lights on a longshot run for a BCS championship game berth have dimmed even more.

Forget it. Put the subject away. Without a college football cataclysm of unimaginable proportions, it's difficult to see how even an unbeaten U of L team could get to the national championship game.

Leave it for the future. Let it play out. But don't count on it. And frankly, the less said about it the better.

On the first night of American Athletic Conference football history, Connecticut lost to Towson in East Hartford, Conn. Towson had never beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision team. Now it has.

In the wee hours of the morning on the East Coast, Rutgers was in Fresno, Calif., losing to Fresno State, 51-50, and the only people who can feel worse about that than The American are Big Ten leaders who have invited the Scarlet Knights to begin play next season.

I mean, they s'posed to be Big Ten!

For U of L, beginning today, national championship talk becomes counterproductive. It assumes a presumption that reality cannot grant.

The Cardinals, certainly, can navigate their schedule undefeated, though perfection, even against a mediocre schedule, is a question of luck, to some degree. The freakish moped injury Lorenzo Mauldin suffered is a reminder of that. It's a small miracle that he came away relatively unscathed.

If ever there were a reminder that each game is a gift in itself, the Cardinals received it in that incident.

Teddy Bridgewater is one of the premier players in the nation. He's surrounded with weapons. The schedule may not afford much in the way of national matchups, but it is a supreme psychological challenge.

There's nothing to be done. The schedule for U of L is what we thought it was. Maybe less.

Next season, the Cards will add Notre Dame in the non-conference. Two years from now, they'll be on a big stage in a Kickoff Classic game against Auburn in the Georgia Dome.

But all that is in the future. And beginning today, after about as disappointing a football start as the American Athletic Conference could have had, the future is no longer something U of L or its fans can worry about.

It's all about today, and enjoying the season, and for players, making the most of it.

For U of L, that's the American way.

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