Here are 5 takeaways from the weekly news conference for Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino; his team is 6-1 and ranked No. 5 in AP

Here are 5 takeaways from the weekly news conference for Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino. The Cardinals are 6-1 and will hit the road to play Virginia on Saturday at noon in Charlottesville, Va.

Here are 5 takeaways from the weekly news conference for Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino.

The Cardinals are 6-1 and will hit the road to play Virginia on Saturday at noon in Charlottesville, Va.

1. Don't worry about the polls: Bobby Petrino repeated what he has said for several weeks that he doesn't pay attention to the polls right now and said his team "just needs to do our job and win games."

"One of the things we have really tried to harp on with our football team is, 'Let's not worry about the scoreboard'," Petrino said. "We just want to to out and play well. Let's do a good job in the process, playing your best.

"The scoreboard takes care of itself."

Petrino was asked later in the news conference about the college football playoffs, noting he won't be doing any lobbying for his team later in the season if they are not in the top four.

"You guys think about those things way more than I do," he said. "We are just focusing on the game we have to play, preparing for it and trying to get a couple of hours of sleep in. . . . I think (the playoff) just takes care of itself. I don't think anyone cares what I say. Let's go on the field and try to perform well and hopefully it will all take care of itself."

2. The best game overall: Petrino said the 54-13 win over North Carolina State was his team's "overall" best performance of the season.

The Cardinals rushed out to a 44-0 lead, had 553 yards of total offense and the defense dominated the Wolfpack. N.C. State has minus-1 yard in the first quarter, just 54 for the first half and a total of 250 on the day.

"I was really happy with the way we prepared and practiced and came out and performed," Petrino said. "Overall, I thought it was our best performance of the year. Defensively, we put a lot of pressure on them. . . . 

"Offensively, we came out and executed. I knew we were ready. The focus and intensity was there on Thursday."

3. Defense still a little overshadowed: The U of L defense is now ranked No. 10 nationally in total defense, but still gets a little overshadowed because of the numbers the offense is putting up.

"I do think we are really good on defense," Petrino said. "I do think that because of Lamar (Jackson) and how dynamic our offense has been this year and we are scoring points that people like to talk about the offense.

"But I think our defensive players understands and I tell them every day that we score points because they get turnovers or get short fields. It's all about the team. When you play as a team, then you score points. But our defense is good."

The Cardinals are allowing just 4.9 yards a play and 301.3 yards a game.

4. Lamar Atkins the under appreciated guy: Fullback Lamar Atkins hasn't carried for a touchdown this season, but Petrino talked about him being an important cog to the offense.

Atkins also plays on every special teams play.

"Really he's important to the team because he's on every special teams we have," Petrino said. "He's tough and physical and goes out and works hard. Every guy on the team respects him a lot."

5. No injury update: Petrino didn't give an injury update. Defensive end Devonte Fields was the most serious of the injuries on Saturday. The Cardinals also saw running back Brandon Radcliff dinged up along with several others.

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