Soft Schedule Will Work Against Louisville Cardinals

By Tim Letcher

The Louisville Cardinals rolled to a 72-0 win over Florida International on Saturday, and while they did what they needed to do in this game, the Cardinals are going to have a big problem going forward.

Louisville’s schedule is, in a word, weak. The Cardinals have no games against teams currently ranked on their 2013 slate. At some point, the Central Florida Knights and/or the Rutgers Scarlet Knights may find their way into the polls, but those appear to be the only chances Louisville will have to get a resume-building win.

While the Cardinals continue to win, and will continue to climb in the human polls, the big problem will be when the computer rankings come into play in the BCS standings. Louisville’s soft schedule will work against them in the computer polls, and there is very little that Charlie Strong and his team can do about it.

What Louisville must do is continue to win and win big. If quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and wide receiver DeVante Parker can continue to stay in the highlights, at least Louisville will be in the minds of the human voters.

Louisville will need a lot of help to be able to get into the BCS National Championship Game, even if they finish the season undefeated. They will need the teams in front of them in the human polls to lose, perhaps more than once, if they hope to get into such a position. And that’s not likely to happen.

The Cardinals simply picked a bad year to have a weak schedule, and it will likely cost them any chance at a national championship.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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