The College Football Playoff Selection Committee slotted Louisville at No. 7 in its initial CFP Rankings, the third one-loss team listed in the first top 25 released Tuesday night.

The Cardinals may have been penalized for their performance in a come-from-behind one-score win at Virginia last week, but if so, the committee's opinion should be changed after a 52-7 rout of Boston College on Saturday.

Lamar Jackson continued to pile up the scores for his Heisman Trophy resume with seven touchdowns (his third seven-touchdown performance this season), while helping Louisville make the most of every possession. The Cardinals have a remaining the schedule that won't provide a lot of spotlight opportunities for Jackson's Heisman run or the team's playoff chances. The way to get around that? Break the scoreboard, apparently.

Coach Bobby Petrino made a vague reference to style points and running up the score when asked about Louisville's playoff ranking after the dominant win. Petrino, in a good mood following the easy win, was salty when joking that he could have changed the committee's mind by leaving starters in the game against Florida State to win by 80 instead of the pedestrian final score of 63-20.

"Maybe I made a mistake. Maybe I should've left our starters out there against Florida State and scored 80," Petrino said when asked about the CFP Rankings.

Unless Clemson loses two of its final three ACC games, the Tigers are going to win the ACC Atlantic and play in the conference championship game with a chance to make a second straight appearance in the College Football Playoff. Louisville has an argument as the best one-loss team in the country as long as the only defeat was that six-point thriller against Clemson in Death Valley, but it won't be able to have the bonus of being a conference champion without some help.

But just in case, Petrino and Jackson should probably keep running up the score. Anything that leads to more Jackson highlights is good for college football.