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Louisville falls to No. 14 in new CFP rankings

The Cards are still sitting pretty for an Orange Bowl trip.

USF v Louisville Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Louisville’s loss to Kentucky dropped the Cardinals from No. 10 to No. 14 in the latest installment of the College Football Playoff Rankings, which were released Tuesday night on ESPN.

U of L will play for the ACC championship on Saturday night against an undefeated Florida State team that checked in at No. 4 in the latest rankings. The Seminoles, presumably, are in a “win and they’re in” situation as it pertains to the College Football Playoff.

Here are the full rankings as we head into conference championship weekend:

  1. Georgia
  2. Michigan
  3. Washington
  4. Florida State
  5. Oregon
  6. Ohio Stata
  7. Texas
  8. Alabama
  9. Missouri
  10. Penn State
  11. Ole Miss
  12. Oklahome
  13. LSU
  14. Louisville
  15. Arizona
  16. Iowa
  17. Notre Dame
  18. Oklahoma State
  19. NC State
  20. Oregon State
  21. Tennessee
  22. Tulane
  23. Clemson
  24. Liberty
  25. Kansas State

With a win over Florida State, Louisville would ruin Florida State’s playoff chances and lock up the ACC’s bid to the Orange Bowl. Even with a loss to the Seminoles, the Cards would almost certainly be headed to Miami.

The only way that doesn’t happen is if FSU falls out of the top four in the final playoff rankings, or if Louisville gets jumped in the rankings by NC State. The Wolfpack currently sit five spots behind the Cards ... and have one less victory than U of L and a home loss to the Cardinals.