Sure a few preseason rankings gave the Cardinals a preseason ranking, but when the actual polls released their first Top 25 rankings, U of L could only be found among the 'others receiving votes.'
The Associated Press Top 25 poll, which was released on Saturday afternoon had Louisville listed with 125 points, good enough for the hypothetical ranking of 26th. The USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 poll had U of L with 78 points and trailing five teams in the also-ran's listings.
Some may view the Cardinals absence from the preseason rankings as a 'good thing.' It may be viewed as a motivating tool for the players and coaches. I'd venture a guess that most on the team may feel a bit slighted, which can have a motivating effect.
There's little doubt that the Cardinals will likely climb into the AP Poll if they defeat Kentucky in the opener as expected by most, but that will be a week to short.
This U of L squad is one with the majority of a top five offense returning, an improving defense and four Parade All-Americans. This is a Louisville team that deserves to listed among the best 25 teams in the country right now.
This team should feel slighted and yes, motivated heading into the September 5th season opening contest at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
"I would really like to get this program to a situation where every year we're ranked and it's expected of us," said U of L head coach Bobby Petrino on Friday.
With the talent being assembled at U of L, there is little question that the Cardinals will become an annual Top 25 program. It'll start this year, just a week later than deserved.