NCAA Frenzy: Louisville Cardinals need stronger schedule

Andrew Johnson of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates after an interception during the game against...

Andrew Johnson of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates after an interception during the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 10, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP)

TODD SAELHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:29 PM ET

S.O.S.

Yup, there are teams that need help every year.

Because that S.O.S. — or strength of schedule — is killing them in bids to become NCAA football champions.

No more is that clear than with the Louisville Cardinals, a team we love to cheer for here (mainly because we love BCS-busters) at NCAA College Football Frenzy.

The Cardinals opened on the pre-season AP Top 25 poll at No. 9, and seven weeks later, they’ve crawled up just one spot to No. 8 — never peaking higher than No. 7 for Weeks 3-6.

And that despite an unbeaten season.

Meanwhile, three teams — LSU, Georgia and Florida State — have used their S.O.S. to vault over Louisville during the season. Two of them — LSU and Georgia — even suffered a loss apiece before leap-frogging Louisville a couple of weeks later.

Chalk that up to poor planning by the Cardinals, who’d be better served by having a stronger schedule and taking a loss than going undefeated (see No. 6 LSU and No. 7 Texas A&


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