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Louisville Cracks The First College Football Playoff Rankings

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Andy Lyons

In what came as a bit of a surprise to most Cardinal fans, Louisville popped up at No. 25 in the first installment of the new College Football Playoff Rankings, which were released Tuesday night. U of L's Thursday opponent, Florida State, checked in at No. 2.

Here are the full rankings:

Rank Team Record
1 Mississippi State 7-0
2 Florida State 7-0
3 Auburn 6-1
4 Mississippi 7-1
5 Oregon 7-1
6 Alabama 7-1
7 TCU 6-1
8 Michigan State 7-1
9 Kansas State 6-1
10 Notre Dame 6-1
11 Georgia 6-1
12 Arizona 6-1
13 Baylor 6-1
14 Arizona State 6-1
15 Nebraska 7-1
16 Ohio State 6-1
17 Utah 6-1
18 Oklahoma 5-2
19 LSU 7-2
20 West Virginia 6-2
21 Clemson 6-2
22 UCLA 6-2
23 East Carolina 6-1
24 Duke 6-1
25 Louisville 6-2

On one hand, this should make all of us feel even better about life in a Big 5 conference. On the other, this almost most makes the fact that the Cards are two plays away from being 8-0 sting even more.

Regardless, it would be very interesting to see just how far U of L would climb if it was able to pull off an upset win on Thursday.