The University of Louisville impressed enough voters with a 31-13 win over Miami on Monday to make a return to the Associated Press top 25.
The Cardinals jumped up six spots from the AP preseason poll and check in at No. 25 in the current poll. U of L was in the others receiving votes category of the Coaches Poll for this week, checking in at No. 28.
U of L is the fourth-highest ranked team in the ACC in the AP poll. Florida State checks in at No. 1, while North Carolina is No. 21 and Clemson checks in at No. 23.
The Cardinals play FSU and Clemson and will also play No. 16 Notre Dame this season.
U of L finished last season at No. 15 in the AP poll after a 12-1 season and a 36-9 win over Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
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Sample was named Co-Defensive Back of the Week and Lamb was named Co-Specialist of the Week after big efforts in the Miami win.
A junior from Sacramento, Calif., and a junior college transfer, Sample led the defense with eight total tackles and was one of two players to record an interception in a dominating performance by the defense.
Lamb gave the Cardinals a major spark with a 97-yard kickoff return in the second quarter to put them up 14-10.