When Louisville takes the field for the first time on the evening of Sept. 1, they will do without a little number next to their name.
For the sixth time in seven seasons, the Cardinals are unranked in the first edition of the Amway (formerly USA Today) coaches' poll. U of L did, however, receive 32 votes from the voting panel, good enough to land them the 11th spot in the "also receiving votes" portion of the poll.
Louisville's upgrade in schedule is well-represented in the season's first poll, as three Cardinal opponents are featured. Florida State (1), Clemson (16) and Notre Dame (17) are all included in the poll's top 20, while opening week opponent Miami received 45 votes, placing them two spots ahead of U of L.
Here's the full poll:
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Others Receiving Votes: Missouri 126; Florida 122; Central Florida 102; Mississippi State 74; Oklahoma State 56; TCU 54; Michigan 53; Iowa 49; Miami (Fla.) 45; Duke 41; Louisville 32; Marshall 27; Brigham Young 18; Boise State 13; Louisiana-Lafayette 12; Virginia Tech 12; Texas Tech 8; Minnesota 6; Cincinnati 6; Northwestern 5; Oregon State 4; Fresno State 4; GeorgiaTech 2; Houston 2; Arkansas 1; Arizona 1; Northern Illinois 1.
I will fully admit to being a tad surprised by this, but I don't hate it. As I recall, Bobby Petrino has done fairly well at Louisville in situations where he felt his team was being disrespected.