Louisville No. 5 in polls, BCS standings

Louisville moved up to No. 5 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls this week. The Cardinals are now poised for a Top 5 showdown Thursday night at PJCS against third-ranked Big East rival West Virginia.

Louisville moved into the Top 5 in both major polls Sunday afternoon. The 7-0 Cardinals moved up one spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls to No. 5 this week.

Ohio State remains No. 1 in both polls, followed by Michigan, West Virginia, Texas and Louisville. Texas, who narrowly escaped Saturday against Texas Tech, is the only team in the Top 5 with a loss this season. The Longhorns lost to Ohio State earlier this year.

A third Big East conference member, Rutgers, is ranked No. 15 in both polls. Off to a 7-0 start this season, the Scarlet Knights put their unbeaten record on the line Sunday night against Connecticut.

Pittsburgh (6-2), another Big East member, is among others receiving votes in both polls.

Louisville has a brutal November schedule. The Cardinals will start their rough stretch to the end the season Thursday night against third-ranked West Virginia at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. They'll follow that up with a trip to Rutgers the following week and close out the month Thanksgiving weekend at Pitt.

"It's going to be a very difficult task for us," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said recently.

Louisville's No. 5 ranking is the highest in school history. The Cardinals finished the 2004 season ranked No. 6 and spent last week in that spot.

More importantly, Louisville moved up from No. 8 to No. 5 in the BCS standings. The winner of Thursday's game between the Cardinals and third-ranked Mountaineers should be well positioned to play opposite the winner of Ohio State-Michigan in January's BCS national championship game.

Rutgers moved up to No. 12 in the BCS Standings.

Top 25 Breakdown by Conference: Big Ten (3); ACC (5); Big East (3); SEC (5); BIG XII (3); PAC-10 (4); WAC (1).

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