Louisville Moves Up To 23rd In Associated Press Poll

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 02: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals throws a pass during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 2, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville won 32-14. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Louisville's 32-14 win over rival Kentucky on Sunday earned the Cardinals some additional respect in the Associated Press Poll, released this morning. The Cardinals snuck into the preseason poll at #25 and moved up to #23 after Sunday's win.

I doubt many pollsters moved Louisville into the top 20 (besides Jon Wilner, who is enamored with the Cardinals and has them at #12). What likely sparked the rise in the polls? Two things. First, Boise State lost and dropped out for the first time in 62 weeks. Second, a number of voters that didn't have Louisville ranked at all (begrudgingly I'm sure) moved the Cardinals up to the #24 and #25, which is enough to move a team pretty significantly down at that end of the poll.

It's hard to wrap your head around Louisville being ranked ahead of Florida in the AP Poll. Probably a reflection of the job Charlie Strong has done at Louisville and the ongoing mess at Florida that it might take years to fix. You can view the full poll after the jump.

South Florida and Cincinnati also received votes in the poll for the second time.

Record; Pts; Pv

1. Alabama (45) 1-0; 1,481; 2

2. Southern Cal (11) 1-0; 1,435; 1

3. LSU (4) 1-0; 1,382; 3

4. Oregon 1-0; 1,295; 5

5. Oklahoma 1-0; 1,170; 4

6. Florida St. 1-0; 1,135; 7

7. Georgia 1-0; 1,083; 6

8. Arkansas 1-0; 992; 10

9. South Carolina 1-0; 980; 9

9. West Virginia 1-0; 980; 11

11. Michigan St. 1-0; 915; 13

12. Clemson 1-0; 788; 14

13. Wisconsin 1-0; 664; 12

14. Ohio State 1-0; 634; 18

15. Virginia Tech 1-0; 604; 16

16. Nebraska 1-0; 603; 17

17. Texas 1-0; 584; 15

18. Oklahoma State 1-0; 558; 19

19. Michigan 0-1; 446; 8

20. TCU 0-0; 355; 20

21. Kansas State 1-0; 339; 22

22. Notre Dame 1-0; 198; NR

23. Louisville 1-0; 190; 25

24. Florida 1-0; 145; 23

25. Stanford 1-0; 131; 21

Others receiving votes: Boise St. 79, Tennessee 73, BYU 63, North Carolina 48, Baylor 38, Utah 34, Washington 15, Georgia Tech 14, Ohio 10, Texas St. 10, Missouri 7, South Florida 5, Texas A&M 5, UCF 4, Auburn 3, Mississippi St. 3, Cincinnati 2.

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