BootPowerRatings - 11/12

The debate has raged all week: has Stanford really turned the corner with this 2003 turnaround? For unimpeachable evidence, we turn to Tree Boy and the newest weekly BootPowerRatings he has pulled from the BootComputer. Not only do we see the Card rising, but we also see the star falling for some pre-season prima donnas...

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 11/11/03

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
Even when they don't suit up, SC separates themselves from the rest of the country.  Losses by Miami and FSU leaves the Buckeyes as the only threat to keep them out of the Cell Phone Bowl.  []
2. Washington St.
The only way to win easily when you cough up the ball seven times is to take the ball away equally often.  So was the case last Saturday against the Ruins, but recent sloppy play must have the Cougs worried that continued ineptness may cost them a New Year's Day game in LA.  []
3. Oregon St.
After the dust settled from the weekend events around the conference, the Beavs are in prime position to grab hold of 3rd place.  Oddly enough, it would be in OSU's best benefit to win the next two but lose to SC, as an upset would bump every team down a notch in the bowl structure.  []
The Baby Blue Boat has been taking on water the last few weeks, and is ready to submerge into the drain it is also circling.  Should El Lay let UO walk over them this weekend, it would all but guarantee a four-game losing streak to end the season, setting the Toledo curse in motion.  [Bruin Report Online]
5. Stanford
Could it be, the Card are thinking post-season?  No longer is it unrealistic, the next game in Corvallis might be the toughest left, but also the most important.  So key is this contest that Tree Boy will be there in the flesh to dance on the Reser logo after the game.  []
6. Oregon
Before the quacker backers get all riled up about their one-game win streak, they should note that they have been outscored 183-54 in their last four losses.  That kind of inconsistency proves that this team's character can be described as both green and yellow.  [eDuck Sports]
7. California
Another late game collapse kept the weenies' bowl hopes in check for another week.  If 13 does indeed prove unlucky for Tedford's Teddies, one question will still linger: how the hell did these guys ever beat the Trojans?  [CyberBears]
8. Washington
After an anomalous spike in on-field performance, the Mutts are back where they belong.  You know the glory days are over in Seattle when arguments about which loss was worse, Nevada or Arizona, dominate the airwaves.  []
9. Arizona St.
With the exception of UW & WSU, every other pair of natural rivals are side by side in the Pac-10 standings.  This has to sting the Done Devils, who had preseason dreams of playing on their home turf in the Fiesta Bowl.  At least playing on the road means not having to listen to the "Bring back Bruce" chants that haunt Dirk Koetter in his sleep.  []
10. Arizona
You knew it would happen eventually, but it was still shocking none the less.  The majority of the Mildcat players had never beaten a conference opponent at home, before Saturday night's triumph over the Pups ended a three-year drought.  Time to start on a new streak when the big wooden horse rolls into Tucson.  []

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