By Jody Demling - Cardinal Authority

Louisville checks in at No. 7 in the first College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday night

The University of Louisville football team checks in at No. 7 in the first College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday night.

The University of Louisville football team didn't get the ranking it wanted on Tuesday night.

In the initial College Football Playoff ranking, Louisville checks in at No. 7 and is the third-highest-ranked one-loss team in the top 25. The top four in the playoff rankings in December will play in the national semifinals.

U of L is No. 5 in both the AP and Coaches poll this week are behind lower than expected in this poll.

"It's not the best of news for Louisville," ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit said. "They've got to go out there and blow people out to make a difference with the selection committee."

Alabama is No. 1 in the poll, followed by Clemson, Michigan and Texas A&M in the top four. Washington is No. 5 in the first poll, followed by Ohio State and No. 6. Wisconsin, Auburn and Nebraska round out the top 10 after Louisville.

Kirby Hocutt, the athletic director at Texas Tech and the selection committee chairman said of Louisville:

"Louisville is a team that the committee has talked about a lot (since Monday). The committee was impressed that Louisville continues to win. Their schedule is not as strong as the (others). They're only win against a team with a winning record is Florida State, it was a very impressive win. We didn't believe that their schedule was as strong as the other two one-loss teams (Texas A&M and Ohio State)."

Louisville (7-1) plays at Boston College on Saturday at noon.


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