BootPowerRatings - 9/16

With more twists and turns in this young college football season than Lombard Street, pigskin padawans find themselves in need of direction. Who the heck is really any good? Tree Boy has aggressively reprogrammed the code in the BootComputer to deal with this seeming instability, and brings this week's BPRs to you. Read on for the highly regarded ratings and rankings of the Pac-10 teams, as well as his clever quips on all 10...

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 9/16/03

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. USC
It was de-ja-vu all over again as the Trojans rang up 61 points on the team formerly known as the Rainbows.  Disheartening to watch for Card fans was true frosh Reggie Bush's highlight reel screen pass, where he outran his blockers, the defense, and for a moment, himself.  []
2. Oregon
Apparently your last name has to be "Williams" if you are going to be a star receiver in the Pac-10.  Trying to catch up to Mike and Reggie, redshirt sophomore Demetrius snacked on the Mildcat secondary, averaging 28 yards per catch.  On the other side of the ball, Oregon's defense has improved as a direct correlation to the decrease in the strength of their opponent.  [eDuck Sports]
3. Washington St.
First it was Oregon, then USC and now it's the Cougs who have joined the growing list of Pac-10 teams that have dropped 40+ on the Buffalo chips.  I guess this is our way of telling Cu to stay in the Big 12 where they are safe.  This win has to be especially gratifying for the new head coach, after last Saturday's fiasco temporarily earned him the moniker, Bill Doh!-ba.  []
4. Arizona St.
If there ever were a situation where the phrase "cautious optimism" applied, it would be in Tempe.  Though Dirk's Demons are 2-0, the offense has yet to ignite, and the customary improvement from the first to the second game was not evident.  Considering what happened last time ASU tripped to the Midwest, they need some inspiring practice sessions this week.  []
5. Stanford
Five weeks into the college football season and your Stanford Cardinal are still undefeated.  With newly anointed signal caller Trent "Golden Boy" Edwards leading the boys into Provo for the first time in school history, the Trees must overcome the altitude and maturity obstacles if they want to collect consecutive wins for the first time in the Buddy Teevens era.  []
6. Washington
After another ho-hum win at Montlake Manor, the Purple Pups enjoyed a week of rest and relaxation.  Instead of using this time to prepare for potato powerhouse Idaho, Keith Gilbertson spent his extra hours polishing up his Andy Reid impression.  []
7. Oregon St.
Derek Anderson is a hemophobe: he has a fear of blood.  When asked to explain what happened on a pass attempt where the ball slipped out of his hand, Anderson claimed that his center shed blood on the ball right before he snapped it.  Just when you thought the QB/center relationship couldn't possibly get any more intimate.  []
The best offense is a great defense, and in the Bruins' case they just might need the greatest defense ever to win any more games this season.  Maybe they can take a few notes from Oklahoma this weekend.  [Bruin Report Online]
9. California
After yet another last minute loss, the bun-fillers held a players only meeting which produced this nugget from wideout Geoff McArthur; "We came to the conclusion that we are not going to be content with losing."  You just can't put a price on that sort of senior wisdom.  [CyberBears]
10. Arizona
True to their motto, the Wildcats are bearing down... the barrel of a gun.  What's left of the Tucson faithful are checking into the possibility of a coaching recall, with the prime candidate being Dick Tomey.  []

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