LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The countdown clock to the first reveal of the Top Four teams for the 2016 college football playoff is underway. 

(It’s actually a Top 25 reveal, but the final 21 teams won’t be nearly as relevant or excited on New Year’s Eve when the national semifinal games are played in Phoenix and Atlanta.)

I’m not certain where the University of Louisville will be ranked when the 12-person committee shares its first batch of work at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Maybe fifth, as the Cardinals are ranked in the AP and USA Today coaches’ polls. Maybe sixth, also behind Ohio State, as some believe the playoff poll will shake out because of issues with U of L’s strength of schedule and computer power rating numbers.

What I do know is this: Las Vegas is ready for all the variables.

How do I know all this information?

I received an e-mail with a link to a website titled wagertalk.com.

The story includes point spreads for 15 potential Jan. 9 championship games in the college football playoff from the Golden Nugget casino. (The link to the story.)

The projected lines include five games featuring Bobby Petrino, Lamar Jackson, Keith Kelsey and the Cardinals.

What if the Cardinals lined up against top-ranked Alabama in the title game in Tampa?

The Golden Nugget odds makers say the Crimson Tide would be favored by 14 1/2. (Hey, Nick Saban University would be favored by at least 8 1/2 points against every playoff contender.)

Louisville against second-ranked Michigan and Jim Harbaugh? Wolverines by 6 1/2.

A rematch with No 3 Clemson? Tigers by 2.

Petrino and Louisville vs. Urban Meyer and Ohio State? Buckeyes by 4.

According to the Golden Nugget, Louisville would not be favored against No. 4 Washington either. Make it Huskies by 1.

Consider it bulletin board material, plenty to fuss about until the fussing switches to the first rankings from the playoff committee.

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