Cards finish the season ranked No. 13

The University of Louisville finished the college football season ranked as the No. 13 team in the nation in the final Associated Press poll. The Cardinals finished the season 11-2 after whipping Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Fresh off the biggest BCS Bowl upset in history, the University of Louisville football team finishes the season with one of its best rankings ever.

The Cardinals (11-2), who whipped Florida 33-23 last week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, are ranked No. 13 in the final Associated Press poll released early Tuesday morning following Alabama's national championship victory.

Alabama was ranked No. 1 followed by Oregon, Ohio State and Notre Dame with Texas A&M and Georgia tied for fifth. Next comes Stanford, South Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Kansas State ahead of the Cardinals.

Louisville finishes the season ranked in the AP top 25 for just the eight time in school history and the first since the 2006 season when the Cardinals won the Orange Bowl over Wake Forest.

U of L finished sixth that season and was seventh in 2004. The only other time the Cardinals ranked higher came after the 1990 season when U of L was No. 12.

Other years the Cardinals were ranked by the AP poll, include 1972 (No. 16), 1993 (No. 22), 2001 (No. 17) and 2005 (No. 19).

The USA Today Coaches poll will be released later on Tuesday. The Cardinals have previously been ranked six times to end the season in that poll with the highest ranking coming after the Orange Bowl season at No. 7.

The Cardinals finished the season 11-2, beating Rutgers in the final game of the regular-season to earn the BCS Bowl bid. U of L will return 18 of 22 full-time starters next season and is expected to be ranked among the top 10 in the preseason.

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