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5 Reasons Why the Louisville Cardinals Are Overrated

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Why the Louisville Cardinals Are Overrated: 5 Reasons

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The Louisville Cardinals have gotten off to a great start this season with a 4-0 record. The latest AP Top-25 Poll had the Cardinals ranked No. 7.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s fantastic start has made him a dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy. He has 1,250 total yards, 14 touchdown passes and only one interception thrown.

The Cardinals might be ranked so high because the voters are just seeing Bridgewater’s statistics. He has done amazing against weak opponents, but it remains to be seen if his numbers would be this good if they played teams like third-ranked Clemson or fourth-ranked Ohio State.

The Cardinals have done one thing wrong and that is schedule weak non-conference opponents. They have played teams like Kentucky and Ohio, thus far.

The closest game the Cardinals had was when they beat the Wildcats 27-13 and they are a bad team in the SEC.

The Cardinals have done the right thing by dominating terrible teams like Florida International 72-0 and Ohio 49-7. The Cardinals would be more deserving of their AP rank if their schedule were similar to other top-25 teams.

A lot of voters may have voted the Cardinals so high because they think they are amazing for being able to destroy terrible teams.

Teams like ninth-ranked Texas A&M, 10th–ranked LSU and 11th-ranked Oklahoma have played at least one top-25 opponent so far this season. The Aggies and Tigers unfairly dropped in the rankings when they lost to top-ranked Alabama and then ninth-ranked Georgia, respectively.

There are five reasons why the Cardinals are overrated.

Noah Weintraub is a Contributing Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NoahWeintraub, join his Facebook group, or add him to your network on Google.

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No. 5 Teddy Bridgewater’s Statistics Are Inflated

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Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s fantastic start has made him a dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy. He has 1,250 total yards, 14 touchdown passes and only one interception thrown.

The AP voters might be biased in their voting because they want to see how well Bridgewater will perform against teams like Alabama or Oregon.

It is absurd to think that a team like Texas A&M is ranked lower than them when their only loss was to the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

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No. 4 Oklahoma's Schedule

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One of the teams that the AP Top 25 Poll has ranked lower than seventh-ranked Louisville that have played a tougher schedule is 11th–ranked Oklahoma.

On Saturday, the Sooners defeated 22nd–ranked Notre Dame 35-21. The Fighting Irish are a much tougher team than any team the Cardinals have faced.

The Sooners also played West Virginia. The Mountaineers are not a ranked team, but they played tough against top-ranked Alabama.

The Sooners are 4-0 and they have played a tough schedule than the Cardinals, yet somehow they are ranked lower.

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No. 3 LSU's Schedule

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Another team that is ranked lower than seventh-ranked Louisville in the latest AP Top-25 Poll is 10th-ranked LSU.

The Tigers have played a very tough schedule, thus far. They defeated then 20th–ranked TCU 37-27 and lost to then ninth-ranked Georgia 44-41 on Saturday.

The loss on Saturday dropped the Cardinals from sixth to 10th, 4-1 record. It makes no sense that the Cardinals are ranked higher than a team that lost to a great team like the Bulldogs.

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No. 2 Texas A&M Schedule

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The final team that is surprisingly ranked lower than seventh-ranked Louisville in the latest AP Top-25 Poll is ninth-ranked Texas A&M.

The Aggies are well known for the on and off the field antics of quarterback Johnny Manziel. Despite these antics, they are a great football team.

They are 4-1 this season and their only loss was to top-ranked Alabama, 49-42. It is inconceivable that a team that came close to defeating the best team in Division I is ranked lower than the Cardinals.

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No. 1 Weak Opponents

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Louisville’s opponents this season have been unknown or terrible teams. Very few people have probably heard of Ohio, East Kentucky or Florida International before the Cardinals destroyed them.

The other team the Cardinals played was Kentucky, who is a bad team that has annually finished toward the bottom of the SEC.

The AP Top-25 voters appear to reward the Cardinals for destroying terrible teams on a weekly basis. Nearly any team ranked inside the top 10 could destroy the same teams.

The teams mentioned in the previous slides are ranked lower than the Cardinals are, yet they have played tougher schedules.