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BOZICH | ACC Football Power Ratings: What if Louisville was still in the AAC?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Here's a strange way to start the latest edition of my Atlantic Coast Conference football power ratings, but I'll take this pitch off tackle anyway:

What if the University of Louisville football program was still parked in the American Athletic Conference?

I'm not advocating a return to the league that the Cardinals left after only one season. You're not going to see Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso on AAC campuses. If you're in the AAC, you're trying to get to the ACC or the Big 12 or somewhere. It was time to go.

But there was one considerable perk to playing in the AAC (as well as in the Big East) for Louisville: The Cards were usually the big dog, a program that parlayed that Big East big dog status to a pair of BCS bowl game victories over Wake Forest and Florida.

That's why I ask the question: How would the Cards be rolling if they were still in the AAC?

Chances are they'd be in a three-way scrum for the top of the league with East Carolina (5-1) and Central Florida (4-2). That's what the computer rankings suggest.

If you're a fan of Jeff Sagarin's computer rankings, you'd put Louisville at the head of the class. Their Sagarin numbers put the Cards five points ahead of Memphis and six better than ECU. U of L is ranked nearly 10 points better than UCF.

But three other rankings that were part of the BCS formula tell a different story.

The Anderson-Hester rankings have ECU ranked 31st nationally, three spots ahead of Louisville. Colley-Matrix also has ECU 31st, one sport ahead of the Cards. Billingsley makes it unanimous: ECU is 32nd and U of L is 36, although that formula actually has Central Florida (31) as the top team in the league.

A year ago this week, the Cards had just been beaten by UCF and were prepping for South Florida. Now they're getting ready to play the defending national champions in only nine more days. They're in a better spot. More difficult? Sure. But better.


1. (1 last week) Florida State (7-0) – What did you think? Was the final flag against Notre Dame the right call last Saturday? I believe it was. I also think the Jimbo Fisher-Jameis Winston post-game hug was staged for the national TV cameras.

2. (2) Clemson (5-2) – You might have missed the news but the Tigers are on a four-game winning streak, and with Syracuse coming to town you can go ahead and make it five.

3. (4) Louisville (6-2) – The Cards looked like a different offense with DeVante Parker and Michael Dyer.

4. (5) Duke (6-1) – For some reason, the Sagarin ratings have Virginia Tech ahead of the Blue Devils, another sign of the lack of respect David Cutcliffe has earned.

5. (3) Virginia (4-3) – The Cavaliers can't win away from Charlottesville and they've got three road games left to play.

6. (7) Georgia Tech (5-2) – The Yellow Jackets' losing streak could jump to three at Pittsburgh this weekend.

7. (6) Boston College (4-3) – BC has lost three games by a combined margin of 17 points this season. Conclusion: Chestnut Hill won't be an easy place for Louisville to play Nov. 8.

8. (8) Miami (4-3) – The Hurricanes get another blast of national TV exposure Thursday night at Virginia Tech. Not that they're deserving.

9. (11) Pittsburgh (4-3) – The Panthers had a nice bounce back win against Virginia Tech and have a chance to get rolling with back-to-back home games.

10. (9) Virginia Tech (4-3) – This is the team that ruined Ohio State's season.

11. (12) Syracuse (3-4) – The Orange moved up one spot for beating Wake Forest, a move their fans should consider a gift.

12. (13) North Carolina (3-4) – The Tar Heels have scored 91 points the last weekend, but only won once.

13. (10) North Carolina State (4-4) – The Wolfpack started the season 4-0 and now they've got four final cracks to win two more games.

14. (14) Wake Forest (2-5) – I'm pretty sure the Demon Deacons are going to be locked into this spot for the remainder of the season.

SOURCE: Dr. Bo's Vast College Football Knowledge.

GOING, GOING, GONE (ACC leaders in most rushing or receiving plays for 20 yards or more)

1. Mike Williams, Clemson, sophomore receiver, 16 plays.

2. Phillip Dorsett, Miami, senior receiver; Tyler Murphy, Boston College senior quarterback, 12.

3. Rashad Greene, Florida State, senior receiver, 11.

4. Duke Johnson, Miami, senior halfback, 10.

5. James Quick, Louisville, sophomore receiver, 9.

6. DeAndre Smelter, Georgia Tech, senior receiver; Shaun Wilson, Duke freshman halfback, 8.

9. James Connor, Pittsburgh, sophomore halfback; Jamison Crowder, Duke, senior receiver; Darius Jennings, Virginia, senior receiver; Karlos Williams, Florida State, senior receiver; Marquise Williams, North Carolina, junior quarterback, 7.


CROWD CONTROL (ranking ACC programs by average attendance this season)

1. Florida State (14th nationally) 82,092.

2. Clemson (17) 80,197.

3. Virginia Tech (26) 61,983.

4. North Carolina (35) 55,500.

5. N.C. State (36) 54,156.

6. Louisville (40) 51,824.

7. Georgia Tech (43) 48,770.

8. Miami (51) 44,571.

9. Pittsburgh (53) 43,157.

10. Syracuse (56) 40,641.

11. Virginia (60) 38,186.

12. Boston College (65) 35,212.

13. Wake Forest (84) 26,718.

14. Duke (87) 26,186.


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