BootPowerRatings - 9/25

In the latest edition of BPRs, Tree Boy makes OSU cheerleaders blush, talks about the quality of UCLA's Saturday win, praises a Coug, moves kal up to single digits, and reveals his fondness for a certain Cardinal female athlete. They're raw and informative - check 'em out!

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings

As of 09/25/01

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
[BPR=93]
Pull the whistle; the train is starting to pick up steam. Lead by an offense hotter than Logan Tom, the Card are flustering overmatched opponents with a myriad of weapons. Equally confused are Cardinalmaniacs at the absence of Stanford in the coach and media polls. Perhaps BPR's don't carry as much weight as one would think? Tyrone takes his troops on the road for the first time this season to battle the rubber wrappers in So Cal. [The Bootleg.com]
2. Oregon
[BPR=82]
Begrudgingly, the BootComputer keeps Oregon number two in the rankings, but forecasts a collapse that has them middle of the Pac by season's end. Pete Carroll's early Christmas gift to Mike Belotti came in the form of a prevent offense, followed by a prevent defense that allowed the Quacks to steal one at home. If Oregon wants to justify their ranking, they better bring it hard and often at Utah State this weekend. [eDuck Sports]
3. Washington
[BPR=81]
If Idaho had any visions of joining the Pac-10 some day, Washington, like Wazzu and AZ before them, gave them a big mark in the "con" column. The Huskies may not need an offense with the way their defense and special teams are scoring (5 TD's in 2 games). This weekend the BootComputer gets the chance to prove its theory that kal is worse than Idaho when U-Dub heads to Berkeley. [Dawgman.com]
4. UCLA
[BPR=80]
Is it really possible to fumble the ball 7 times and still win? If you are a Bruin, the answer is yes. Winning ugly is still winning, and Westwood's defense looks stingier by the week. Toledo will look to avoid the same pitfall his team fell into last year when early season success lead to conference season disappointment. The beginning of the end last year started in Oregon, the same state the Bruins head to this weekend, only this time they face the Furred Ones. [Bruin Report Online]
5. Washington St.
[BPR=75]
The Cougs got a second consecutive bye week as kal shuffled into Pullman like cattle ready for slaughter. The nation's best kept secret, WR Nakoa McElrath, continued to impress as he ran his world-leading totals to 514 yards and 7 TD's. Mike Price is eager to see if his boys are for real and can run with the top dogs in the conference. A chance to avenge last year's triple overtime loss awaits in Tucson. [Cougfan.com]
6. Arizona
[BPR=73]
Somebody forgot to tell Coach Mackovic that you have to lose these early non-conference games to keep expectations low in the Old Pueblo, making a winning season look that much more impressive. An interesting scenario unfolds this weekend in Tree Boy's backyard. Both Arizona and Wazzu have used a soft schedule to start off 3-0, and now the two will fight it out to gain the inside track on being the surprise team of the conference. [CatTracks.net]
7. Arizona St.
[BPR=68]
Set up for failure as the Card's whipping boy of the week, the Solar Satans are still trying to figure out what hit them. Devil fans were certain their passing attack would be enough for a victory, and at times it seemed like it might, but their defense got a rude awakening from SDSU to Stanford. Still, new head coach Dirk Koetter appears to have the Tempe crew on the right track and no doubt will play spoiler to a conference contender. A little bit of a breather this weekend as Cardinal nemesis San Jose State heads down south to get their whuppin'. [DevilsDigest.com]
8. Oregon St.
[BPR=61]
With two straight weeks off, the only news that came out of Corvallis was the alleged tampering of evidence by an assistant coach. As far as football goes, the team is also prone to foul play. In 2 games, the River Rodents have racked up 30 penalties for 264 yards, prompting chants of "Dirty Beavers." Erickson's choir boys welcome the Bruins to Reser Stadium this weekend on ABC. [Beaver Sports Central]
9. USC
[BPR=60]
Pete, Pete, Pete. How did you come from ahead to lose? If it's any consolation, that was the most heart $¢ has shown in 2 years. As if losing back-to-back heartbreakers to ranked teams isn't hard enough, now you have to regroup, get your players focused and ready to face a juggernaut offense in the making from Palo Alto. Just for fun, Tyrone sends Lewis and McCullum onto the field to start the game. [WeAreSC.com]
10. California
[BPR=3]
Well they did it, kal finally played competitively for one quarter. After jumping out to a 10-3 lead in the Palouse, the Bears quickly returned to form, and were outscored 48 to 10 to finish another pathetic attempt at a game called football. So, if they can keep that strong 1st quarter streak alive, they just might finish with a double digit BPR. The other Washington team will wipe their cleats on kal's carpet and leave with their silverware after this weekend's visit. [CyberBears]

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