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BOZICH | Top 20/Bottom 5: Where will Louisville be ranked? What's next for Charlie Strong?

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Rick Bozich ranks the Top 20 and Bottom Five each week in college football. Rick Bozich ranks the Top 20 and Bottom Five each week in college football.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — My Top 20/Bottom 5 has blossomed into more of a Top 20 than Bottom 5 feature over the last two months of the college football season. Readers like it, even when they disagree.

Its popularity will be tested in the afterlife of Louisville’s stinging 36-10 loss at Houston Thursday night.

How much interest will U of L fans have in the rankings now that the Cardinals have been bounced from the national playoff discussion?

How far should Louisville fall in the polls, starting with the human editions, which had the Cards ranked third last week?

They only slipped to No. 6 in Jeff Sagarin’s predictor computer power formula — behind Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Washington and Clemson.

That’s not what I’m thinking. But you can vote in my poll at the top of the column.

Top 20

1. Alabama (11-0) — Auburn, Florida and two playoff dreamers sit between the Crimson Tide and (more) perfection.

2. Chattanooga (8-3) — The Mocs did not trail in Tuscaloosa for the first 15:38 on Saturday. Name a team that would do better.

3. Clemson (10-1) — The Tigers beat Wake Forest the way a playoff team is supposed to beat Wake Forest, leading 21-0 after one quarter.

4. Michigan (10-1) — On Saturday the Wolverines didn’t look like a team that could win at Ohio State — but neither did the Buckeyes.

5. Ohio State (10-1) — A one-point victory over a Michigan State team that lost to Maryland by 11 and Illinois by 4? Cringe.

6. Washington (10-1) — Louisville is no longer in the Huskies’ path.

7. Wisconsin (9-2) — Only Minnesota stands between the Badgers and 10-2.

8. Penn State (9-2) — All the Nittany Lions need is an Ohio State victory and the door is open for them to make the Big Ten title game. Double cringe.

9. Louisville (9-2) — The Cards gave Tom Herman back his genius card and signaled the arrival of basketball season. Triple cringe.

10. Oklahoma (9-2) — Please stop the talk about bringing this team to the playoffs because they’re going to win the Big 12 title. Whiffed against Houston. Whiffed against Ohio State.

11. Colorado (9-2) — Mike McIntyre has done for the Buffaloes what Kentucky fans wish Mark Stoops would do at UK and Indiana fans wish Kevin Wilson would do at IU — make his program nationally relevant.

12. USC (8-3) — After the Trojans pop Notre Dame next week, they’ll finish the regular season with eight straight wins.

13. Florida (8-2) — The Gators’ are chirping they won a “home” game in Baton Rouge — there is nothing LSU can do about it.

14. Western Michigan (11-0) — Toledo will be the best team the Broncos have played since they opened by punching Northwestern in the kisser.

15. Navy (8-2) — You know that Houston team that limited Louisville to 10 points the other night? The Midshipmen hung 46 on them — and won.

16. Florida State (8-3) — Dalvin Cook has made Jimbo Fisher a very happy man as he prepares for a mammoth offer from LSU.

17. Your turn.

18. Not even Paul Finebaum cares.

19. Western Kentucky (8-3) — Only an eight-loss Marshall team stands between the Hilltoppers and another trip to the Conference USA title game.

20.  Kentucky — Congrats on the bowl eligibility, but about that first quarter?

Bottom Five

5. West Virginia (8-2) — Wouldn’t you like to take a mulligan on that move to the Big 12?

4. Rich Rodriguez (2-9) — Your time in Tucson isn’t going much better than you time in Ann Arbor.

3. Mississippi State/Missouri — With one weekend to go, you’re the only SEC programs with NO shot of making a bowl trip. Yes, that means you are worse than Vanderbilt.

2. Brian Kelly (4-7) — As soon as Charlie Strong’s $10 million farewell check is cut, you become the guy on the hottest seat in the game.

1. Charlie Strong (5-6) — Poor Charlie is the wrong thing to say because when Texas frees him from the vitriol Strong will leave with $10 million. But people tried to tell you about what happened to John L. Smith and Howard Schnellenberger when they left the Louisville job, but you weren’t interested.

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