BootPowerRatings™ Oct. 6: Autzen shutdown

"The Card appeared to have the Autzen Antidote when they took an 18-point lead early in Eugene, but those little green germs adapted quickly and took control of the central nervous system, shutting down all offensive production in the second half. Meanwhile, the injuries continue to mount, testing what little depth Stanford has, as sweet respite is only two weeks away..."

Oregon 98

Team Wardrobe Change took control of the conference race when they raced by the only team that blemished their Pac X record from a season ago. LaDomestic Violence might garner the majority of headlines, but it was the emergence of Darron Thomas that upgraded the Quack offense from difficult to impossible to defend. This Saturday's game in Pullman means a letdown will keep them from scoring 80.

Stanford 93

The Card appeared to have the Autzen Antidote when they took an 18-point lead early in Eugene, but those little green germs adapted quickly and took control of the central nervous system, shutting down all offensive production in the second half. Meanwhile, the injuries continue to mount, testing what little depth Stanford has, as sweet respite is only two weeks away. First comes the task of picking up where the beating left off last year in Compton.

Arizona 92

Enjoying Week Four from their living room sofas, the Mildcats jumped up to No. 9 in the AP Poll, marking their first entrance into the Top Ten in more than a decade. Usually at this time of year, Tuscon is abuzz with basketball fever, but with the hoops program on the decline and the Stoops program on the rise, all eyes are on "Sideline" Mike, his blood pressure be damned. Speaking of dammed, the crotch pelts stand in the way of 5-0 and consecutive conference wins.

Oregon State 83

Opening conference play without the services of James Rodgers was just another setback in a rough start to the 2010 Corvallis campaign. Despite the hand tied behind their backs, the bark rats prevailed over the desert demons and thus control their own destiny for that elusive Pac X title. The defense isn't as strong as it has been in seasons past, but a steady offense that has yet to turn the ball over so far is just a Ryan Katz click away from putting it all together.

kal 73

Coach Tedford and his staff aren't sleeping well these days. In addition to having a measly 14 days to prepare for another pistol attack, dominoes are falling in the Berserkeley Athletic Department and no one knows which sport will be the next to get the axe. [Ed: Hey, at least something in Berkeley is getting the Axe this year.] With their football stocks heading in opposite directions, the UC-Blues tee it up at Memorial Stadium this weekend, and perhaps we will finally get an answer to the question of which band stole the other's fight song.

UCLA 72

Coming off a program defining win in Austin and looking ahead to in-state rival kal, El Lay's white-knuckle defeat of WSU was nearly a disaster. The offense did its job, producing a pair of 200-yard rushers, but allowing 28 points and 400 yards to Wazzu is inexcusable, especially at home. If Princess Kevin can't go again this week, Norm Chow might just roll out the no-QB offense he has been mulling over.

Washington 70

For the second straight season, Sarkisian stuns Southern Gals. Left for dead after Locker had been reduced to a pile of hype against Nebraska, UW rolled back over and pissed on the Kiffin family's new rug, as Erik Folk "Hero" again hit the game winner as time expired. Though their defense still has giant potholes in it, purple people eater fans have to be encouraged by the offense's resurgence, leading them to a victory in Los Angeles for the first time since their Rose Bowl win in 2001.

USC 69

Flail On! Facing his former coaching colleague, Lame Kiffin's crew was finally exposed as the frauds they are. Handed a roster full of talent most coaches would kill for, the junior Kiffin has not managed the egos nor put the players in a position to have success, which begs the question, "Why is he paid so much?" To make matters worse, the Trojans have to head to Palo Alto to face an angry team that has had their number in recent years.

Arizona State 68

The frustration of ASU's "woulda-coulda-shoulda" season to date could be summed up by one series of events in the third quarter last Saturday. After unsuccessfully failing to hit pay-turf on six plays inside the Beaver five, they settled for a FG, and on OSU's first play after the kickoff, surrendered a 71-yard touchdown run to Quizz. All of the yardage and big plays don't mean squat if you can't finish, and despite the improved overall play, Tempe Tech is still reeling from nine straight losses to FBS schools.

Washington State 37

When your program is in the state that Paul Wulff finds his in, being able to say you played UCLA tougher than Texas is just as good as a win. At least they have a couple of players that can honestly be referred to as "weapons" in QB Jeff Tuel and RB James Montgomery, but they are certainly bringing knives to a gun fight with Oregon this week. A trendy thing to do lately is comparing certain teams to brands of beers. I would say Wazzu is more like wine, best kept in the cellar.


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