BootPowerRatings - 10/23

In this week's BPRs, Tree Boy measures up the conference cadre and reads out the latest ratings from the BootComputer. The bee-cee-mess has nothing on these comprehensive takes. Where else can you read zingers on the River Rats, the Gummi Bears, the Mutts from Montlake... and $C's Petey Carroll? Read on for these beloved ratings and rants!

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings

As of 10/23/01

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.

In a tune-up for the real conference schedule, the Bruins wasted little effort in disposing of the gummi bears from Berkeley. Although they failed to cover the Boot Computer spread of 100, they did continue to excel in their bread and butter; defense and rushing. The quality of their next opponent explodes exponentially as Toledo brings his BCS Bears to the Farm Saturday. [Bruin Report Online]
2. Washington St.
The Cougs started the Pac-10 party a little early with a Thursday night game with the Fighting Bobcats from Montana State. After sputtering out of the gate, Mike Price gathered his players together and said, "Guys...this team plays in the Big Sky for chrissakes!" That was enough to snap the team out of their daze as they coasted to victory from there on out. David Minnich returns to the backfield just in time for a home game with Oregon, an event that has created more buzz in Pullman than the '98 Makita Outdoor Games. []
3. Stanford
8-3. Stanford's record in their last 11 meetings with the Ducks, none more dramatic than last Saturday's improbable win at Autzen. Nothing, not losing their starting QB early, not homer refs, not 2 kick returns for TD's, nothing was going to stand in the way of this determined band of heroes. Chris Lewis showed Hype Harrington who the real Captain Comeback is, and Kerry "Cutter" Carter found pay dirt 4 times as the Card ended the nations longest home winning streak in style. Not many gave the Card a chance in Eugene, and not many are giving them a chance this Saturday against El Lay. There is one X-factor working in Stanford's favor though: Tree Boy will be in attendance. [The]
4. Oregon
Quack! Quack! Guess who got whacked? Exposed like cheap film, the Ducks hobbled off the new turf in Autzen Saturday with National Championship dreams dashed. Before the season started, many featherheads penciled this game in as a win. Well, good thing pencils have erasers. After torching the Stanford secondary for 3 quick scores, Hype Harrington let his ducks fly south and into the arms of the afore mentioned flame kissed defense. Taking 2 kicks to the house was offset by consecutive punts being blocked, and a last ditch bomb sailed too far to keep their perfect record intact. No time for sulking as those upstart Cougars are waiting for their chance at an upset in Pullman. [eDuck Sports]
5. Washington
UW=Ugly Win. Never truer was that embodied than against the Mildcats Saturday night. Along with his school record 455 yards, Husky QB Cody Pickett lobbed 4 INT's, but did manage to plunge in the endzone for the game winning score. One thing is for sure, the Mutts from Montlake don't run the ball, and they can't stop opponents from running it on them. After scraping by on the cellar dwellers for a month, UW's day of reckoning is nearing. It may even be this weekend when they travel to the land of the setting sun to wrestle the Sun Devils. []
6. Arizona St.
This game featured the conference's top rated passer, Jeff Krohn, against the lowest rated passer, Jonathan Smith. But, the difference in this one was the Solar Satans' new found rushing attack, which racked up 314 yards against the listless Beaver defense. Up next is a home game with those charmed pups from Seattle, where ASU is looking to avenge last years 21-15 loss. []
7. Oregon St.
Like their Oregon brethren, the River Rats were outscored 21-0 in the 4th quarter by Dirk's Demons, ending their 1 game win streak. A preseason favorite to win the conference, One Semester U. is now one more loss away from missing the bowl season all together. It would be fitting if that eliminating loss came at home this weekend against the Barely Bears from Berzerkeley. [Beaver Sports Central]
8. USC
After a big win against ASU, the Trojans had a chance to get back into bowl contention. The Golden Domers had other ideas, as they outlasted $¢ in a crapfest. Not willing to accept responsibility for the loss, Head Roach Pete Carroll blamed his punter, the weather, and those guys who hold the orange down markers on the sidelines. Another chance to play the blame game this weekend in Tucson in what will surely be the Fox Sports Game of the Week. []
9. Arizona
Who saw this coming? After being outscored 149 to 52 in their 3 previous games, the Kitties went up to Seattle and had the Dawgs on the ropes. That is, until they played not to lose and of course, lost. When asked why he didn't use his 2 remaining timeouts to preserve the clock, coach Mackovic replied, "Those were timeouts? I thought TO meant turnovers." More debauchery is sure to ensue when the Rubbers come sliding into Arizona Stadium on Saturday. []
10. California
Another game, another shame. Backup QB Eric Holtfreter had kal a respectable 11 points down at the half, but then reality came crashing down, and so did the weenies. Continuing his penchant for meaningless garbage time drives, Tom Holmoe did not disappoint when he sent in the play that allowed kal to score a touchdown with 1 second left. Phheeeew! The Bears will get a chance to run their 59 minute offense in Corvallis this weekend. [CyberBears]

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