BootPowerRatings - 10/28

After hours of heated debate and discussion, we decided to stick with the nominal format and give comments on all 10 teams in the conference with this week's BPRs. But to be honest, there was more than ample material for WSU and OSU alone from their game last Saturday... And hold the phones - for the first time we have a dead heat atop these famed Pac-10 ratings. Read on and enjoy!

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 10/28/03

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(t). Washington St.
How can you possibly rush for three total yards, throw five interceptions and still win?  Ask the Cougs, who pulled off that modern marvel to set up the game of the year in Compton this weekend.  []
1(t). USC
With an embarrassment of riches at their disposal, the Trojan Empire continues to sweep through the western world.  Assuming either Miami or Oklahoma hits a speed bump in the next few weeks, only an arena style match-up with some big cats stands in the way of an $C title game.  Gag.  []
Still riding an improbable win streak, the Blue Crew knocked Top Gun QB Andrew Walter out of the game in the 2nd quarter and never looked back.  If this winning stuff continues, Karl Dorrell might get his parking spot back from Ben Howland.  [Bruin Report Online]
4. Arizona St.
How important is Andrew Walter to the Dust Devils?  Ripping off more than 1,000 yards in the previous 3 games, the ASU passing attack could only muster a Stanford-esque 79 with backup Sam Keller.  The Pitchforkers hope Walter will be back under center against kal in order to keep their Las Vegas Bowl hopes alive.   []
5. Oregon
As promised after a win, Mike Bellotti released the parental control lock on the Direct TV access in the locker rooms.  Of the four teams muddled in the middle at 2-2 in the Pac-10, the Ducks are in the best shape, if for no other reason than they get a reprieve against USC this year.  [eDuck Sports]
6. Oregon St.
Some more numbers from that circus of a game in Pullman: the teams combined for three safeties, nine fumbles and 205 penalty yards.  How these guys found their way into the endzone seven times is beyond me.  Hopefully this tailspin the Rats are stuck in will culminate in a crash landing in two weeks.  []
7. California
They do run-run-run, they do run-run for 327 yards.  I guess you can't blame Tedford for taking the ball out of Aaron Rodgers' hands after that eye sore of a game he had against the Beavers.  Unfortunately this win prevents any chance of the weenies hitting that magical 10-loss mark we all had envisioned.  [CyberBears]
8. Washington
Perhaps the most telling moment in the loss to the Trojans was when a play call had to be sent in for a 3rd and 50.  Yes, 50.  I hadn't seen that since my Madden Football days in college.  I think I converted then, but the Huskies did not.  []
9. Stanford
After being shut out for the first time in seven years by a defense that only scares itself, Cardinal fans have to wonder if and when it will all get better.  It certainly won't get any easier against the Brui-len Wall, but hopefully we won't see anymore of the submarine (Dive! Dive!) offense in goal line situations.  []
10. Arizona
Missing out on their best chance for a conference win, the Childcats limped out of Memorial Stadium with consoling thoughts of how close the season is to being over.  I would say it could be worse, but I would be lying.  []

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