When the third set of College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled Tuesday night, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, receiver Jaylen Smith and a handful of other Cardinals tweeted their reactions to it. It was clear they were surprised and certainly not pleased to be outside of the top four.

Perhaps they were too concerned with where they stood, according to at least one player following No. 5 Louisville's stunning 36-10 loss at Houston on Thursday night, which essentially knocked the Cardinals out of the playoff hunt.

"I think we let that get to us too much," Louisville sophomore safety Dee Smith said after the loss. "We shouldn't have paid too much attention to the rankings. Instead of playing our game, we were trying to do too much, in my eyes."

Not everyone necessarily agreed, but almost all the Cardinals who spoke with reporters acknowledged a lack of focus for Thursday's game. It showed: they committed 15 penalties, allowed 11 sacks and turned the ball over three times.