The anomaly is this: Louisville and Kentucky are both ranked in the AP and USA Today college football polls. Both polls' voters gave Louisville the nod over Kentucky (18-21 in the AP poll, 19-23 in the USA Today survey). But Kentucky won head-to-head.
What explains this sort of polling phenomenon? Presumably the voters were able to absorb the box score, view a few minutes of video, and evaluate the relative strengths of the Louisville and Kentucky teams. Perhaps they believed that Louisville would beat Kentucky on a neutral field, certainly at home. Perhaps they try not to put too much stock in a single game.
Or perhaps, just perhaps, voters try not to downgrade a highly ranked team after an upset because dropping the team hard undermines the entire system of polling.
I still love my Louisville Cardinals, and I hope they will rebound after this bitter loss. In my capacity as an objective evaluator of football, however, I must confess to being somewhat puzzled by the polls.