The Louisville Cardinals entered the contest against the Virginia Cavaliers as the favorites. After all, Louisville was ranked and Virginia was not. None of that mattered, though, as the Cavaliers managed to knock off the Cardinals. Unfortunately for Louisville, it is as good as done when it comes to making the College Football Playoff.
It’s not like the Cardinals were one of the favorites to make the playoff, but they still entered the season with plenty of talent.
Considering Louisville still has to play Clemson, Florida State and Notre Dame, the team could end up losing quite a bit of games this season. That’s not exactly how the program wanted to do in its first year without head coach Charlie Strong. However, when you lose a coach as good as Strong, along with a QB as talented as Teddy Bridgewater, you tend to have an off year in the following season. Not to mention, the Cardinals also switched to the ACC this year.
As for the Cavaliers, well, they may be better than a lot of people expected. Who knows if they will contend for an ACC title, but they have already beaten a ranked team in Louisville, and only lost to No. 7-ranked UCLA by eight points. In between those two games, Virginia was able to beat Richmond by the score of 45-13.
With that in mind, the Seminoles are the huge favorites to win the ACC this year. That tends to happen when a team wins the national championship the year before and brings back the Heisman Trophy winner.