BootPowerRatings - 1/28

Earlier this month we saw the BootComputer spit out some surprises, with unusual teams high in the ratings and others in newfound cellar-dwelling territory. The last couple weeks have seen somewhat of a return to normalcy. The top five versus bottom five this week should look more familiar. But the real reason to read this week is some exceptional zingers from Tree Boy on the conference brethren...

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 1/27/04

Below are our exclusive BootPowerRatings™ of the Pac-10 conference. Each week during the basketball 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-arena environment, cheerleader attitude and an unrevealed school spirit multiplier. The resulting rating score falls within a 1-100 scale, where 100 approximates a championship-bound team and a score of 1 is somewhere south of D-1.

1. Stanford
One can only wonder what the outcome would be if Stanford could put together a complete performance in an entire game.  Just in case the Card need any motivation to finish out the season undefeated, the BootComputer promises a first-ever score of 101.  [The]
2. Arizona
The secret to Zona's turnaround has been the addition of Miles Simon to the Cat scout team.  Lute is hoping he can bring some of that '97 charm to this current litter, but Miles is busy dodging old professors - he still owes $$$ for those "D's" he ordered on credit.  []
3. California
For a team so used to being kicked while they are down, the weenies sure got off the mat quickly and strung together a couple of victories.  Now in the drivers seat to take the Lower Pac-8 title, the dirty bears head to Oregon, a state in which they have had a surprising amount of success recently.  [CyberBears]
Some how, some way, this Bruin squad has developed an allergy to rebounds.  Much like their football counterparts, a fast conference start has come to a screeching halt, leaving their postseason picture very cloudy.  [Bruin Report Online]
5. Oregon
Yes, Oregon is number one in three-pointers, but that is only one category.  When it comes to rebounds, blocks, steals, turnovers, and turnovers forced, the Lucks are next to last in each.  Even Mac Court can't cover those holes.  [eDuck Sports]
6. USC
If you are looking to gather any sound bytes in the SC locker room, don't bother.  Bibby has now extended the gag order to the other twins (Derrick and Errick Craven) after their most recent loss in Palo Alto.  Perhaps a better idea would be to take that red ball off your nose and put it down your throat, Hank.  []
7. Arizona St.
You know your expectations have been lowered when a home win against the Beavos is called "a turning point."  It's hard to put a finger on the reason why the Demons have fallen so far, but more than likely it has to do with the fact that Rob Evans is wearing fewer bow ties this season.  []
8. Washington
Make no mistake about it, consecutive wins over OSU and WSU have all but secured the coveted 8th place spot in the Pac-10 tourney for the pups.  With that dream under their pillow, UW can take their shot at the Solar Satans, the only team that stands in the way of *gasp* 7th place.  []
9. Oregon St.
After showing some promising signs early, the rodents are in a free fall with the ground nowhere in sight.  Perhaps the addition of Nick DeWitz, a transfer from Iowa, will get them back on track.  When asked why he decided to join the Beavers, DeWitz replied, "What?  I thought this was Eugene."  []
10. Washington St.
It took longer than I thought, but the Cougs are back in the cellar, much like water seeking its own level.  It can't help when your coach offers such inspiring gems as "I think I've lost them. It's already happened."  Now comes a match-up with an Arizona team the school hasn't beaten since 1986.  []

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