BootPowerRatings - 9/24

Hold on tight to whatever pseudo-desk you have in your cubicle - the BPRs have been turned upside down. Stanford makes a meteoric rise in both its rating and ranking this week, as the Card sit on just their second 2-0 start in the last eight years. Equally precipitous is a drop by a certain desert-dwelling team thought to be a conference title contender a month ago. Read on for all the changes and chuckles.

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 9/23/03

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
The Bye Week Bandit struck S¢ last weekend, but he couldn't steal away their 1st place standing in the BPR's.  Dating back to last season, the team formerly represented by Traveler has won 11 straight contests, during which they have outscored opponents by an average of 26 points.  []
2. Oregon
In what could end up being the biggest win of the year for the pillow stuffers, the game turned when a Duck defender blocked a punt... with his back.  After the team gets a gander at that during the film review, his status may be reduced from hero to lucky ass.  A crucial Pac-10 battle with Wazzu means UO will look to sidestep the letdown landmine this Saturday.  [eDuck Sports]
3. Stanford
Considering everything that was going against Stanford, it is nothing short of remarkable that they were able to get over on BYU.  It must have been those lucky Bootleg boxers I was wearing that put them over the top.  Now having proven that their run defense is as staunch as can be, the Card will look to say the same about their pass defense after they take a big test against Cody "Please Don't" Pickett.  []
4. Washington St.
One of the many goats from the ND fiasco, place kicker Drew Dunning redeemed himself by knocking 5 piggies through the uprights against New Mexico.  This was important as the WSU was "Cougin it" all afternoon in the red zone.  Improvement is needed if Pullman State wants to leave Autzen with a 4-1 mark.  []
5. Washington
Coming off an uninspiring win against Idaho, the Pups are playing their first Pac-10 game of the year against a squad who appears headed for a huge turnaround season and who hasn't won in Husky Stadium since the mid-70's.  Now flash forward to this year and you have to be concerned if you are a purple people eater.  []
6. Oregon St.
Last season, D.A. put up some gaudy passing stats during the first few weeks of non-conference cupcakes.  Once the regular season began, he couldn't hit the broad side of the Columbia River Dam.  Keep that in mind this weekend as Anderson just passed for 408 yards against the Smurf-toed Cowboys.  []
7. California
What the weenies lack in quality they are making up for in volume.  As if opening up against SoCal wasn't daunting enough, they must do it having just endured five games of punishment.  The Stanford envy continued in their last game as a kal linebacker sacked the Illini QB on the final play.  Been there, done that.  [CyberBears]
8. Arizona St.
Did Aerial Strike U really get outscored by their defense?  The answer is an emphatic "yes" and it was due in large part to Iowa's use of a zone defense called the Umbrella.  This foreign object flummoxed Sun Devil players, as everyone knows it doesn't rain in Tempe.  []
If there are any members of the Bru Crew that deserve handicap placards it is the coaches of the special "ed" teams.  Having already been burned twice on punt returns by Antonio Perkins, El Lay decided to roll the dice a third time and again they came up snake eyes.  [Bruin Report Online]
10. Arizona
Not one to be left out of the loop, Johnny Mac has joined in the QB controversy trend that is sweeping through the conference this year.  Of course deciding which guy to put under center in Zona's offense is very similar to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.  []

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