BootPowerRatings - 11/25

So Stanford plays the Irish this weekend while the flailing Arizona schools do "battle" in the desert. Then the Trojans host a Sugar Bowl play-in game against the Beavers next week. And that's it. It is with great sadness that another year of Pac-10 football is coming to a close, but Tree Boy helps us conclude in glorious fashion with another grand rendition of BPRs...

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 11/25/03

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 Trojans routing their rivals was about as shocking as police finding evidence that Michael Jackson had an inappropriate relationship with a kid.  The Buckeyes loss in the Big House has the stage set for a title game, provided SC doesn't slip and fall on a Beaver peel.  []
2. Washington St.
Costing themselves a return trip to Pasadena, and the conference millions, Wazzu Couged it in Seattle for the 6th straight season.  Seven more turnovers pushed them into the Pac-10 lead with 38, and 18 penalties brought the total to 144, a new NCAA record.  How is this team 9-3?  []
3. Oregon
If Mike Bellotti really is leaving after this season, you would never guess by the way he has his team finishing.  Though they won't be going to the Holiday Bowl, a jaunt down to El Paso ensures a match up with a mid-grade Big 11 team, which should give them a fighting chance to win.  [eDuck Sports]
4. California
So who is this Geoff McArthur character and why is he so hard to stop?  What sucks for weenie fans is that their first winning season in a non-probation year was overshadowed by the hoops teams' loss to Cal Poly.  [CyberBears]
5. Oregon St.
Hoping this would be their return to glory season (no seriously, they were), OSU sputtered in the Civil War, making their final game against USC virtually meaningless.  That's right, it is Vegas Bowl time baby!  []
6. Washington
Yes, they upset the Cougs and yes, they are probably going to sneak into a bowl game.  But the best part is that the win probably keeps Keith Gilbertson between the headset for one more year.  []
Fitting that the only way El Lay could score any points last Saturday was on a play in which SC was trying to add on one more.  Although the loss was a forgone conclusion, the upset in the Apple Cup might have kept the Blue-ins home for the holidays.  [Bruin Report Online]
8. Stanford
When we last checked in with our farm boys, they were on the brink of bowling.  Two weeks later that dream is dead, but The Sheriff's return to Palo Alto is a bowl game in and of itself, and I can't think of a more fitting end to "The Season" than a Domer loss.  []
9. Arizona St.
The BootComputer has reached the end of its data files for Tempe Tech.  No controversy, no turmoil, not even a scandal.  They just keep losing and do so seemingly unnoticed.  I think it best not to disturb that modus operandi.  []
10. Arizona
As the coaching search continues, there remains a final game to be played, officially deemed the Territorial Cup.  For the Kittens, a win locks up a second consecutive 9th place finish in the Pac-10, which ironically enough was their motto going into the season.  []

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