#13 Louisville Controls Their Own Path To The CFB Playoff

Oct 7, 2023; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Jeff Brohm gives instruction to quarterback Jack Plummer (13) during the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irishat L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium. Louisville defeated Notre Dame 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 7, 2023; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Jeff Brohm gives instruction to quarterback Jack Plummer (13) during the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irishat L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium. Louisville defeated Notre Dame 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 7, 2023; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Jeff Brohm watches his players warm up before facing off against the Notre Dame Fighting at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium. Louisville defeated Notre Dame 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 7, 2023; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Jeff Brohm watches his players warm up before facing off against the Notre Dame Fighting at L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium. Louisville defeated Notre Dame 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports /

Louisville controls their own destiny in making the CFB Playoff

It is a crazy thought to think that the Louisville Cardinals could make the college football playoff in Jeff Brohm’s first year as head coach, but it is definitely a possibility as we stand in early November. Louisville is 7-1 with an ugly loss to Pitt, but big blowout wins over teams like Notre Dame and Duke. Louisville will face Virginia Tech, Virginia, at Miami, and rival Kentucky at home. Louisville could likely be favored in all of their remaining games, with the exception being Miami, but that team is definitely beatable with Mario Cristobal being the head coach.

Brohm has the Cardinals playing stifling defense and explosive offense late in October, and if they don’t lose to Pitt they are likely in the top ten. However, they did lose to Pitt and we have to acknowledge that. If the Cardinals win out and defeat a top 4 Florida State team in the ACC championship, does the CFB playoff committee put them in?

It would be more likely than not.

The top 4 at the moment in the poll is #1 Ohio State, #2 Georgia, #3 Michigan, and #4 FSU. If Louisville makes it to the ACC championship and defeats FSU that would give them the opportunity to sneak in to that #4 spot. Washington and Oregon sit at #5 and #6 as well, one of them is bound to fall at some point. However, if either of those teams goes undefeated they would contend for that spot with the Cardinals.

All sorts of madness will sort out in the next few weeks of college football, and we will know a lot more on where this Cardinal team will stand by the ned of the month. With Michigan and Ohio State playing during the last week of the season, it will certainly cause chaos. Also in the next 3 weeks Georgia will play #12 Missouri, #10 Ole Miss, and at #17 Tennesse, so the Bulldogs will finally play some tough competition.

If the Cardinals win the rest of their games that will certainly help, and we all know how unpredictable college football can be in the final few weeks.

Brohm and Louisville have a shot at the big time, only time will tell if they make it or not.