BootPowerRatings™ - 9/29

The theme is being repeated quite often in this still-young season, but we just witnessed another topsy-turvy week of turnover in the conference. The inexplicable set of input data crashed the BootComputer several times before Tree Boy toyed with the algorithm. Turns out that a loss and subsequent firing of a head coach can actually raise your BPR...

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 9/29/03

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. Washington St.
It took a few games, but the panthers are back where they spent all of last season - atop the Pac.  There must be something going on behind the scenes in the Pallouse, as sustained success is not something we are used to seeing from Eastern WA.  []
2. USC
Perhaps the Roman Gestapo is not as invincible as they lead everyone to believe.  Mike Williams is still Mike Williams, but Matt Leinart is no Carson Palmer.  Remember when that statement used to be a compliment?  []
3. Washington
They will never admit it, but the Puget Sound Pound was afraid of what an unknown Stanford squad could do to their beloved dawgs.  For 57 minutes, those fears were very real until a late INT kept the purple haze glowing in Huskyville... for now.  []
4. Oregon
What a brutal afternoon Bellotti's Beaked endured in Eugene of all places.  The two-headed quarterback threw 7 picks, and even when they hit wide open receivers in stride, the shock of the situation caused those receivers to drop the passes.  AFLAC!!  [eDuck Sports]
5. California
Finally eligi-bowl, UCB is off to a fast start in their centennial run for the roses.  It would appear that kal has a new attitude to match their new turf, which looks as painfully fake as those knock off Oakleys Jeff Tedford wears.  [CyberBears]
6. Stanford
The bad news is that the O-for-Seattle continued, but the good news is that the Card stood their ground against a formidable opponent in hostile territory.  Small victory came by way of Tree Boy's brother, who marked a little territory of his own on Dawgman's leg.  []
7. Oregon St.
Break out those Beaver Believer T-shirts from 2001, the glory has been restored in Corvallis!  Before we get carried away here, let's not forget that the woodchucks still have the meatiest part of their schedule to gnaw through.  []
Apparently a victory over a hapless WAC team is enough these days to keep Bruin Backers happy. Anyone want to start a pool on how many more losses until Karl "Show me the" Dorrell gets Lavined?  [Bruin Report Online]
9. Arizona St.
I don't think it is too early to engrave the pitchforkers on the conference's biggest disappointment trophy.  A punchless offense is not carrying their young defense as planned, much to the chagrin of Dirk Koetter.  Rumor has it that Ike Diogu throws a pretty tight spiral.  []
10. Arizona
Odds are you were asleep and not witness to the biggest upset that never was.  Perhaps the news of Mike Price's eminent arrival in Tucson got the kittens purring as they took 19th ranked TCU to the brink.  But it wouldn't be Zona without a loss, and so it was in the first extra frame.  []

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