The Bearcats 30-11 upset of the Scarlet Knights Saturday night has put the Cardinals right back into the mix for a BCS bowl birth. Each with one-loss, Rutgers, Louisville and West Virginia begin the week tied atop the Big East standings. While Louisville owns the tie-breaker with the Mountaineers, the Scarlet Knights own the head-to-head match up over the Cardinals.
For Louisville, the road map to the BCS is two-fold, and very simple. First, the Cardinals must win their remaining two games against Pittsburgh on the road and at home against UConn. Second, Louisville needs Rutgers to lose one of their remaining two games against Syracuse or West Virginia.
If Louisville wins out, and, say, West Virginia knocks off Rutgers in the season's final game, the Cardinals will play in one of the four BCS bowl games this January.
Louisville will travel to Pittsburgh next Saturday for an important contest against Dave Wannstedt's Panthers. Pittsburgh is coming off a 45-27 loss Thursday against West Virginia and has dropped their last four games after winning six of their first seven contests this season.
"We have to win out to be in any consideration," Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm said. "We need to beat Pittsburgh and be ready for the next game. There are still a lot of things that can happen. We just have to play our games and not worry about the rest of it. It feels good to get a victory and put the Rutgers loss behind us. We just need to keep moving forward and try to get some more wins."
Bobby Petrino was happy to see his team respond well after the disappointment of seeing their undefeated season and national title hopes go down the previous week.
"We told them that adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it," Petrino said. "I really liked the way our guys handled all of that. The guys on our team have tremendous pride. We have a group of seniors that we've coached for all four years. We had a good week of practice and nobody held their head down. We got better and better all week and it was an enjoyable week of practice. That says a lot about our team."
The Cardinals also could move up a spot or two in the national polls this week after slipping from No. 3 to No. 10 last week following their loss to Rutgers. The Associate Press and USA Today Coaches polls are released early Sunday, while the BCS standing are released each Sunday evening.