No. 18 Louisville playing with something to prove

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville enters Saturday's Big East Conference opener at Pittsburgh unbeaten and seeking some national respect.

The No. 18 Cardinals have been ranked all season and are 5-0 for the first time since 2006. But after losses by eight teams ahead of them -- including LSU, Florida State, Georgia and Texas last weekend -- they have moved up just seven spots.

That's added motivation for Louisville to keep doing what its been doing -- winning.

The Cardinals want to win the Big East and clinch an automatic Orange Bowl berth. But they will probably have to finish undefeated to have even an outside shot of being considered for the Bowl Championship Series title game.

The first BCS standings will be released on Sunday.

But coach Charlie Strong says first things first.