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Louisville dropped a 36-10 decision to Houston on Thursday night; the Cardinals are out of the playoff hunt so what's next?

Louisville dropped a 36-10 decision to Houston on Thursday night; the Cardinals are out of the playoff hunt so what's next?

Bobby Petrino summed up Thursday night's effort against Houston in a 36-10 loss quite nicely after the game in Houston where the Cardinals had 11 sacks, 15 penalties and three fumbles.

"It was really one of those games where you just get your butt beat," he said.

There's really no other way to describe it.

The Cardinals gave up 11 sacks, had 15 penalties, combined for 195 yards of losses in those two categories, were just 8 of 21 on third-down conversions, had three fumbles and just looked totally out of sorts.

So, that's over and let's move on.

"I was mad at first," Lamar Jackson said. "But now all we can do is move on."

Louisville (9-2) still has plenty to play for in its final game next Saturday against Kentucky. The game time is slated to be announced either Saturday night or Sunday morning for the game against the Wildcats.

Even before that game the Cardinals could be winners again. If Wake Forest upsets Clemson on Saturday night in Winston Salem, N.C., the Cardinals would end up being Atlantic Division champions in the ACC and would play in the Dec. 3 ACC title game.

But even with a Clemson win, a New Year's Six bowl game seems likely for the Cardinals.

If Louisville beats Kentucky, the Cardinals are still likely the second-best (behind Clemson) ranked team from the ACC, which would put them in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 against a Big Ten team as long as Clemson wins the ACC title and makes the playoff.

Another scenario has Clemson losing the ACC title game, which could mean U of L would get selected for the Cotton Bowl. The Cotton Bowl is on Jan. 2 in Arlington, Tx. The Cardinals would seemingly be a good draw with the likely Heisman Trophy winner.

Several other scenarios have Clemson not in the Playoff and Louisville ended up in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando or the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando or the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

There's a lot left in play for the Cardinals.

"We just have to regroup and get ready for our next game," Petrino said. "We got out played and we got out coaches in this game. We have to find a way to come back and play the type of football we're capable of playing in our last game of the year."


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