Mon November 12, 2012
College Football: Cards Drop in Rankings; Perry Out for Season
The University of Louisville football team has dropped out of the top ten in the national rankings following the Cards 45-26 loss at Syracuse Saturday, their first defeat of the season.
U of L fell from 9th to 20th in the AP poll and from 10th to 18th in the USA Today/coaches poll.
The Cards also dropped from 9th to 19th in the BCS standings used to determine college football’s national champion and top-tier bowl match-ups.
Coach Charlie Strong said at his weekly press conference Monday he may have thrown his team off balance by over-hyping the Syracuse game.
"I should have just approached this game like any other game, but I kept saying ‘championship game, this is the game we got to go win, this is the game,’" Strong said.
"And maybe our players weren’t ready for that at that particular time. And when you look at the youth of this football team, we haven’t been placed in that position."
Strong said the Cards will have to use the stinging loss as motivation to win their final two regular season games.
"They need to hurt, they need to feel the pain of that loss. And now, when they feel the pain of that loss then they feel the disappointment and how they really played, they need to feel that. And that’s the only way the program will ever grow."
The Cards (9-1, 4-1) are now in second place in the Big East Conference standings. They’ll return to action November 24 against Connecticut before finishing the regular season at league-leading Rutgers. U of L will have to play without its leading ball carrier; running back Senorise Perry is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered early in the Syracuse game.