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BOZICH | Where does Louisville football rank in pre-season Top 25 polls?

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Of the nine pre-season polls Rick Bozich uncovered, Louisville ranks in the top 25 in eight. Of the nine pre-season polls Rick Bozich uncovered, Louisville ranks in the top 25 in eight.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several precincts have yet to report on the 2016 college football season – Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports and the Associated Press.

But most of the pre-season Top 25 projections have been delivered.

Where does the University of Louisville sit in the minds of the national media and coaches?

How will that translate in the initial ranking for Bobby Petrino’s team in the first AP poll when it is released Aug. 21?

If you averaged the numbers from the nine rankings that I used, Louisville finished at 21.3.

Let’s look at Louisville’s pre-season rankings – from worst to best:

NO. 35 MASSEY – Haven’t heard of Massey? I understand. It’s not as relevant as it once was. Three seasons ago Massey was one of the six computer polls used in the Bowl Championship Series rankings.

Then the BCS disappeared – and so did the impact of Massey.

But Massey (link) has not lost all of its cred. I think it deserves a mention, especially as a computer poll, allegedly not affected by personalities and regional bias. Louisville fans might not agree, especially with the Cardinals ranked 35th, behind Auburn, West Virginia and Navy. I know Auburn beat U of L last season, but I guarantee the Cards will be ranked ahead of those three in the AP pre-season poll.

I warned you that I planned to start with the worst.

NO. 25 ESPN THE MAGAZINE – Four spots behind Texas A&M, the team the Cards walloped in the Music City Bowl? Eight spots behind Washington, which is getting a ton of hype but still hasn’t had a breakthrough year for Chris Petersen?

Louisville usually counts on Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com to take care of the program. He must not have pull with the magazine.

NO.  23 USA TODAY COACHES POLL – Seven ACC coaches vote in this poll, but Bobby Petrino is not at voter in 2016. Ballots in the ACC belong to Dino Babers of Syracuse, David Cutcliffe of Duke, Larry Fedora of North Carolina, Jimbo Fisher of Florida State, Justin Fuente of Virginia Tech, Dabo Swinney of Clemson and Mark Richt of Miami.

I was surprised to see the Cardinals behind Baylor, which isn’t really Baylor any more. (The link.)

NO. 23 PHIL STEELE (POWER) – Don’t ask me to explain all the differences between Phil Steele’s power rankings and his personal numbers. His personal numbers are how he believes the teams will perform, factoring schedules and other human elements. His power numbers are a hybrid of nine different systems (like experience, talent) that he uses to evaluate teams.

So put Louisville 23rd here, directly behind Florida and just ahead of Texas.

NO. 22 THE SPORTING NEWS – I was surprised to find the Cardinals tucked behind USC (ranked 15th) but this is the neighborhood where the Cardinals are likely to stay until they topple Florida State or Clemson.

It’s a Show Me World.

No. 21 PHIL STEELE (PERSONAL) – Steele argues the Cardinals have top 30 units on offense and defense, one reason he nominated Louisville as his No. 11 surprise team in the nation. He is also looking for consistency from quarterback Lamar Jackson.

NO. 19 ATHLON SPORTS – This is closer to where I believe Louisville will land in the first AP ranking. Athlon notes that Louisville has gone 10-6 in the ACC the last two seasons, struggling with Clemson and Florida State while waiting for Bobby Petrino to move into an offensive groove.

NO. 14 LINDY’S SPORTS – Lindy’s touts the Cards’ exciting quarterback play and solid defense. What Lindy’s does not tout is the proven gap between Louisville and Clemson and Florida State. Seems to be a common theme.

Still, 14 is a nice ranking considering the Cardinals lost five games last season.

No. 10 FOX SPORTS – Send your love letters and gift cards to Stewart Mandel of Fox. He is the one who has Louisville ahead of Houston, Michigan State, Iowa and Notre Dame.

He loves all the usual guys – Lamar Jackson, Devonte Fields and DeAngelo Brown. Look for Mandel to have a nice seat at the 50 if he shows up for the Florida State game on Sept. 17. (Link.)

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