Cards not thinking about bowl possibilities

Bobby Petrino has the 23rd-ranked Cardinals bowl eligible once again, but the head coach said that he didn't even mention it to his team following their 42-20 over Pittsburgh.

After claiming its sixth win of the season last Thursday, Louisville became bowl eligible for the eight consecutive season. However, while a recorded telephone message went out to Cardinals fans on Monday, informing the faithful that U of L is once again bowl bound, head coach Bobby Petrino said on Monday that it wasn't even brought up following the 42-20 win over visiting Pittsburgh.

"I didn't even mention it," he said.

While BCS aspirations for this year's squad are currently slim-to-none, Louisville still faces the opportunity to play in the January 2nd Gator Bowl, which had representatives present for Thursday's game against Pittsburgh. Other bowl possibilities include the Insight Bowl held in Phoenix and the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, all Big East Conference tie-in's.

1. Michigan (29)
2. Florida State (22)
3. Tennessee (15)
4. Florida (13)
5. Kansas State (12)
6. Virginia Tech (11)
7t. Louisville (7)
7t. Georgia (7)
7t. Georgia Tech (7)
7t. Oregon (7)
7t. Purdue (7)
11t. Miami (6)
11t. Texas (6)
"I think we just need to concentrate on Friday night," said Petrino, referring to this weekend's home game against Rutgers. "With all the high expectations throughout the beginning of the year, the best thing for us to do is worry about one game and not even think about anything else."

With three games – Rutgers, Syracuse and Connecticut - remaining on the regular season schedule, Petrino has kept busy preparing for the team's next opponent and hasn't had time, nor the desire, to attempt to figure out the program's bowl possibilities.

"I haven't even paid any attention to it," he explained. "I don't think that's the way that we need to conduct our business. I think we need to worry about one game. There's not enough hours in the day to keep your eye on all the other stuff that's going on."

Sophomore quarterback Brian Brohm, who currently ranks second in the nation in completion percentage, agreed that the team's focus should be spent on Rutgers and not which post season game they'll be invited to.

"I'm not really sure how it's going to work out," he said. "What we need to concentrate on is winning these next three games and then whatever happens, happens."

With the best likely option available to U of L being the Gator Bowl, Brohm admitted that due to the Big East Conference's relationship with Notre Dame, along with the possibility that the Irish could take that bowl spot should they not be involved in the BCS, that it might be time to start pulling for Notre Dame to win their remaining games.

"If we want that bowl game then we probably do need to start pulling for them," he said.

Next up for the Cardinals is the Friday night contest against Rutgers at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The game, which will be broadcast on ESPN2, is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. kickoff.

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