BootPowerRatings™ - 10/15

Apologies for the brief hiatus, but we have been wrestling with an electronic virus that infected the BootComputer with deletrious results approaching those of the parallel diseased Stanford passing game. This week's BPRs reflect the continued suprise up and down the conference, with rapid rises and falls in several rankings. Also intriguing to see how the Mildcats have raised their rating despite continued losses...

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 10/14/03

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.
Looking to become the premiere football school in the state, Wazzu is solid on both sides of the line.  With success comes greater scrutiny and pressure, though, as evident by the Devard Darling saga.  Perhaps they are trying to pattern themselves after the Huskies a little too much.  []
2. USC
After bungling through six straight quarters of play, the 'Jenz responded by kicking tail and taking names in the next six.  Does Matt Leinart have the moxie to lead his team into a BCS bowl?  Will the showdown with WSU be for the Pac-10 title?  Will Pete Carroll ever wear black pants?  []
3. Oregon St.
If you are looking for a 3rd horse in the conference race, throw some money down on Corvallis.  To find out how they are doing it, look no further than a suffocating secondary and to Ken Simonton's understudy.  Naturally, the Beavers feel comfortable on the carpet, rushing for nearly 200 yards per contest.  []
Rumors of UCLA's demise have been greatly exaggerated.  Maybe Karl Dorrell is the anti-Toledo as he looks to finish strong after a poor start.  Despite surrendering a glutton of yards to Arizona, the Bruin D has been solid all year, highlighted by **ahem** twin Ball sacks.  [Bruin Report Online]
5. Arizona St.
Like shooting ducks in a barrel, Andrew Walter once again torched the U of Ouch, running his two-year total to 879 yards and 104 points.  More importantly, the Demons' defense finally showed up, which keeps their Holiday Bowl hopes flickering for one more week.   []
6. California
In addition to being a force on the ground, Adimchinobe Echemandu is the best name to grace a weenie uniform since Iheanyi Uwaezuoke.  No one is quite sure what to make of this kal team and frankly, no one really cares enough to try.  The annual Bear Battle with UCLA allows fans to once again argue ad nauseum about who stole whose fight song.  [CyberBears]
7. Oregon
Let's see, in their last 3 games Soregon let two teams roll up 55+ points and sandwiched those conference debacles around a loss to Utah.  Mighty Oregon indeed.  [eDuck Sports]
8. Stanford
The dreaded schedule is starting to rear its ugly head.  With possibly its three easiest games right out of the chute, the Card collected two wins, but missed out on a critical 3rd against a weaker opponent (see below).  Barring any unforeseen catastrophes to opponents, Stanford will be the underdog in every single game from here on out.  Woof.  []
9. Washington
Can anyone remember the last time Yoo-Dub lost, at home, as a four-TD favorite?  This certainly is a new era in Purpleville and would have Don James turning in his grave, if he were dead.  Coach Gilby, who probably wishes he was dead, had this to say after the loss: "The first thing that needs to be fixed is the attitude about losing. When is enough enough?''  I'm sure we will soon find out.  []
10. Arizona
Finding new ways to lose every week, the felines are just happy to be rid of Fuehrer Mackovic.  Despite their 1-6 record, Zona has shown steady improvement and will more than likely ruin some team's season very soon.  Maybe it's a good thing Stanford doesn't play them this year.  []

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