Strong won't start politicking for the Cards

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong is focused on Saturday's game at Syracuse and not the BCS rankings. The Cardinals are ranked No. 9 in this week's rankings and Strong was peppered with questions about it on Monday.

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong is not into politicking.

Strong was asked several times during his weekly news conference on Monday about the Bowl Championship Series standings and if his undefeated Cardinals should be ranked higher.

The Cardinals are one of six teams undefeated in the country but have two two-loss Southeastern Conference teams ranked ahead of them in the standings.

"I don't want to go start politicking," Strong said. "If you look at BCS rankings, there's no coach that has control over it."

Strong added to the media in attendance that: "I think it's your job to politic. You guys have the ink, write more and publish more."

The Cardinals did jump Florida State in this week's BCS standings but are just behind LSU and South Carolina and both teams already have two losses.

Strong said his team "can always get better," and has told his team from the start of the season to stay focused on one game at a time. The Cardinals play at Syracuse before an open week and then games against Connecticut and Rutgers.

"If we lose focus and go stub our toe then we won't even be in the conversation," Strong said. "It's so important we don't lose our focus.

"I never thought we would be 9-0. We just have to keep playing and I told our guys, ‘Let's just see at the end of the season where we are.' We will know exactly where we are when we finish the season."

Strong also said the ranking "doesn't bother our players," noting he wants them to continue to "play with a chip on the shoulder."

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