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The Fenway Bowl Announcement Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

This week’s Card Chronicle Bowl Projections Digest (CCBPD) is running on a delayed schedule as many prognosticators were waiting for the first College Football Playoff rankings to drop on Tuesday night before predicting the future.

Unfortunately, since we last spoke the Cards dropped a weird game to N.C. State where the Cards yet again outgained their opponent but still walked away with another number in the loss column. Fortunately, the nerds and computers that predict bowl games and win totals didn’t see UofL leaving Raleigh with a win, so not too much has changed.

As always, we begin with my favorite nerd, Mr. Bill Connelly. Connelly’s SP+ analytics computer was once again with impressed with Louisville’s defense, as the unit was promoted for a second week in a row from #77 to #71. Unfortunately, that was the only good news as the team’s overall ranking slipped from #35 to #41 (still ahead of #45 Kentucky, *wink*).

Louisville also slipped a little in SP+’s Win Total Projections as the machine now gives the Cards a SLIGHTLY worse chance of going 7-5 (31%) than 6-6 (38%). Here’s the full picture:

ESPN’s FPI is almost in perfect agreement with SP+ this week, projecting the Cards to finish with a 6-6 record (actually 6.2-5.8, identical to SP+). After a one week hiatus the FPI is once again giving UofL a favorable chance of beating Kentucky (52%). Here’s the rest of win probabilities FPI gives for Louisville:

http://www.espn.com/college-football/team/fpi/_/id/97/louisville-cardinals

Now for the fun stuff…

ESPN:

New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Bonagura) Louisville vs. Purdue (spicy!)

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

Dec. 29, 2:15PM. ESPN

Wasabi Fenway Bowl (Schlabach)Louisville vs. Memphis State

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

Dec. 29, 11AM, ESPN

Action Network (Brett McMurphy):

Duke’s Mayo Bowl Louisville vs. Ole Miss (hard pass)

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina)

Dec. 30, 11:30AM. ESPN

CBS (Jerry Palm):

Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl Louisville vs. Oregon State

Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas

Dec. 31, 12:30PM, ESPN

Yahoo!:

Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl Louisville vs. Oregon State

Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas

Dec. 31, 12:30PM, ESPN

USA Today:

Military Bowl Presented by Peraton Louisville vs. Memphis State

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

Dec. 27, 2:30PM, ESPN

College Football News:

SERVPRO First Responders Bowl – Louisville vs. Texas Tech

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas

Dec. 28, 3:15PM, ESPN

247 Sports:

New Era Pinstripe Bowl Louisville vs. Minnesota

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

Dec. 29, 2:15PM. ESPN

Athlon:

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl Louisville vs. Washington

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Dec. 23, 7PM. ESPN

Pro Football Network:

Military Bowl Presented by Peraton Louisville vs. Houston

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

Dec. 27, 2:30PM, ESPN

Sporting News:

SERVPRO First Responders Bowl – Louisville vs. Texas Tech

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas

Dec. 28, 3:15PM, ESPN

Bleacher Report:

Wasabi Fenway Bowl – Louisville vs. Houston

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

Dec. 29, 11AM, ESPN


Tally: Pinstripe (2), Fenway (2), Sun (2), Military (2), First Responders (2), Mayo (1), Gasparilla (1)

So basically no one knows! What a mystery! Will it be solved?

Only one way to find out.

4 down. 2 to go.