How Louisville Can Still Reach A BCS Bowl

UCF pulls the big upset on the road over Louisville.
UCF pulls the big upset on the road over Louisville.
As with the other two seasons the University of Louisville’s football team reached a BCS bowl, the Cardinals will need some help from a conference rival.

In 2006, after a loss to Rutgers handed U of L its first and only Big East Conference loss, the Scarlet Knights went on to lose games both at Cincinnati and West Virginia. The Cardinals made the Orange Bowl with a 6-1 league record ahead of two 5-2 teams.

In 2012, following a loss to Syracuse, U of L dropped a second straight game to Connecticut on a day the Cardinals were a double-digit favorite. Rutgers did the same in losing at Pittsburgh, which set up the de facto Big East title game a week later in Piscataway, N.J., that U of L rallied to win and earn a Sugar Bowl bid.

U of L needs more of that turmoil atop the American Athletic Conference to reach another BCS game, after losing last Friday to Central Florida.

Source: Jonathan Lintner,