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5:32 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

College Football: Cards Move Up in Polls; UK's Stoops Says Team "Has Some Work To Do"

The Louisville Cardinals have moved up three spots in this week’s college football coaches poll. 

U of L is 13th in the latest USA Today/coaches poll and 19th in the AP poll, up one spot from last week.

The Cards defeated Connecticut last weekend and are in a three-way tie for second place in the American Athletic Conference, along with Cincinnati and their next opponent, Houston.

Coach Charlie Strong says he’s concerned about the costly penalties his team committed at UConn.  The Cards were flagged a dozen times.

"It’s alarming," Strong said today.   "As I said to our coaches, it should never happen.    You want to play a clean game.   You look at, offensively, we had six.  We had six on defense, six on offense.    You have a 26 yard gain and then you get a penalty, now you negate the 26 yard gain and the ball comes back,"

U of L and Houston meet Saturday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

The Kentucky Wildcats are guaranteed another losing season after last Saturday’s defeat by Missouri.   UK travels to Vanderbilt next weekend.  

Wildcats coach Mark Stoops says he understands the frustrations of fans who have watched his team struggle to a 2 and 7 record so far this season.

UK got off to a good start against Missouri, but the Tigers capitalized on several Kentucky miscues, exploding for 21 points in the second quarter en route to a 48-10 victory in Lexington.  The defeat ended any chance of Kentucky becoming bowl-eligible.

Stoops says he’s as frustrated as anyone but is asking fans to stick with the team.  

"I’m not ever one to make excuses.  It’s just a fact, we have some work to do.   I never said since day one I was going to come in here and change it overnight.    I promised you to work extremely hard and players will work extremely hard to build this program the right way to get better.  That’s what we’re going to continue to do," he said. 

Indiana defeated Illinois last weekend and travels to Wisconsin Saturday.