USA Today Coaches and AP Polls: Louisville moves up, Rutgers back in both polls

Andy Lyons

The Cardinals moved up in the polls after crushing Temple and the Scarlet Knights returned despite not playing.

Louisville finally played a dominant game against an inferior opponent on Saturday and the polls somewhat reflect the Cardinals win. Louisville shook off a slow start, falling behind 7-0 and 14-7, and finished up blowing out Temple 45-17. Teddy Bridgewater finished with over 300 yards passing and threw five touchdowns. The Cardinals improved to 9-0 for first time in school history and are alone atop the Big East Conference standings with three games left. Louisville remained at #10 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and moved up from #12 to #11 in the Associated Press Poll rankings.

Even though they're on a bye week, Rutgers benefitted from a number of teams ranked from 15-25 losing (sometimes in blowout fashion) and moved back into both polls at #20 in the Coaches Poll and #24 in the AP Poll. Rutgers sits at 7-1 and still has games against Louisville and Cincinnati to possibly boost its chances in the polls and at winning the Big East title.

Cincinnati received some votes in the Coaches Poll but did not receive any in the AP Poll. Boise State, Central Florida, and San Diego State also received votes. You can view the full AP Poll here and the full Coaches Poll here.

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