BootPowerRatings™ - 9/11

Now that every member of the Pac has played in 2001, Tree Boy has enough ammo to make some important adjustments with the BPRs. The BootComputer wasn't kind to a team down Compton-way, but shot a certain Palouse posse to unprecedented heights. Read on for the ratings, and Tree Boy's prized commentaries.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings

As of 09/11/01

Below are our exclusive BootPowerRatings™ of the Pac-10 conference. Each week during the football season, we will release our secret-formula rating of all teams of the Pac-10. The BootPowerRating™ (BPR) is calculated by utilizing a range of factors rumored to include: past results, statistics, common-opponent comparative results factor, strength-of-schedule, home-stadium environment, cheerleader attitude and an unrevealed school spirit multiplier. The resulting rating score falls within a 1-100 scale, where 100 approximates a Rose Bowl-bound team and a score of 1 is somewhere south of D-1.

1. Stanford
Although only a 72-0 blanking of BC would have allowed the Card to keep their perfect BPR of 100, they did impress Cardinalmaniacs with a solid opening night win. Dana Bible's return to Palo Alto proved painful, but he didn't return empty handed as he spent the entire second half taking notes on Diedrick's schemes. Still, a major mental block remains, as Tyrone and crew must find some way to yank the Spartan gorilla from their collective backs in San Jose on Saturday. [The]

2. Oregon
What's this? Another win and subsequent drop in the ratings? How is this possible? It happens when you struggle against a Ute team at home. Each week brings us closer to replacing the Harrington for Heisman billboards with the Ernie Kent for President billboards. Even the most feathered of duck faithful have to be concerned with the struggles on both sides of the ball and are having nightmares of a Stanford squad ending their perfect season in late October. Why will they be undefeated at that critical game? Ask USC, Utah State, Arizona and kal, the Ducks' next 4 opponents. [eDuck Sports]

The Bruins are 2-0 so far and they haven't even set foot on the Rose Bowl turf. A stingy defense and strong ground game have been the keys to the powder blue Bears early season success. Now, if they can display those strengths against some real opponents, they just might slip past the mallards in the rankings. No such opponent comes in to town this week as ASU is slated to begin the second season. [Bruin Report Online]

4. Washington
Outplayed and shutdown for 3 quarters, the Pups scored touchdowns off of two straight Wolverine miscues to pull out another improbable win. Slick Rick will need more than luck on his side if he has any visions of knocking off top ranked Miami in the Orange Bowl. Hurricane players need only to look to last years loss in Seattle as motivation to make a statement to the nation. []

5. Washington St.
Starting off the year 2 and Idah(0) has the Cougars thinking minor bowl, which is a major goal in Pullman. A win at home versus Colorado would put them in the drivers seat for one of the homeless Jeep bowls, while a loss would be...expected. The mountain lion that has shown the sharpest claws so far has been Nakoa McElrath, who leads the nation with 351 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. []

6. Arizona St.
Impressive debut for the Scum Devils as Jeff Krohn led a balanced attack on offense to rack up 38 points, aided by Emmanuel Franklin's 100-yard interception return. However, next week's menu is devoid of a fattening patsy and instead lists the Bruins in Westwood as the main course. []

7. Arizona
A 4th quarter defensive meltdown nearly cost the Mildcats a win and has that lackadaisical squad running 6am wind sprints. The Arizona passing attack seemed impressive until you consider the fact that the Vandal secondary times their 40's with a calendar. Your "new and improved" offense isn't fooling anyone Johnny, so prepare to hit the skids against UNLV this weekend and feel Dick Tomey's pain. []

8. Oregon St.
Despite bouncing back with a win over New Mexico State, the pelted ones continue to display the enormous drop off from last years juggernaut. Beaver fans point to the slow start from a year ago as a reason for optimism, but the BootComputer knows better. Saturday's Reser Stadium opener against Dennis Erickson's alma mater Montana State provides one last chance to get back on track before UCLA comes to town on the 29th. [Beaver Sports Central]

9. USC
Another dismal performance by the offense in Troy ruined any chance of upsetting Kansas State. Carson Palmer was harassed mercilessly and the option attack of the Wildcats clawed out 340 yards on the ground. Pete Carroll will collect his dejected troops into the wooden horse and roll up to Eugene this weekend to start another failed season at Has Been "U." []

10. California
Looking to join a more prolific conference, BYU made a strong push to replace kal in the Pac-10. Spanked at home in consecutive weeks, the weenies will head to the Jersey shore in what will be their best chance at a win this year against Rutgers, a team that lost 61-0 to Miami. The BootComputer refuses to assign a positive value to kal's BPR until they put together at least one competitive quarter of football. [CyberBears]

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