BootPowerRatings - 2/12

In a mild shocker, the BPRs have just been turned upside down. Turnover is expected in the early weeks of the conference season, but we have just seen some dramatic changes in Week Seven. For the first time in 2004, we have a new team in the #2 slot behind the Mighty Cardinal. We also have some unfamiliar faces around the middle of the BPRs who typically inhabit the nether regions...

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 2/11/04

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
In Jurassic Park, Jeff Goldblum makes the statement: "One thing nature has taught us is that despite any and all obstacles, life still finds a way to continue."  The same can be said for this year's Cardinal team, which finds a new way to win every time out.  Perhaps the BootComputer's algorithm doesn't need tweaking after all.  [The]
2. Oregon
So maybe it isn't Stanford/Arizona and the rest after all.  Patiently waiting in the shadows the entire season, Oregon seems poised to make a serious run at the 3rd spot and probable final spot in the Big Dance.  That is, of course, until Stanford administers their annual spanking in Maples, crushing their web-footed will once again.  [eDuck Sports]
3. California
I think someone is getting too big for their britches.  That rapid expansion sound you hear from across the Bay is the hopelessly optimistic balloon inflating above the Out Haas.  Luckily, a big pine needle is aimed right at it, so cover your ears on Saturday.  [CyberBears]
4. Arizona
The latest victims needing a "must win" against Stanford and handed a "must loss" were the Childcats.  So much hope for this team coming into the season is slowly dying, as it may turn out to be one of Lute's worst displays of coaching in years.  Throw in ASU as another disappointment and you have to wonder if there is something in the sand down in Arizona.  []
5. Washington
If the desert schools are the sob story of the year, then the Apple state is the feel good story of the year.  Now that Nate Robinson is getting some support, these dawgs think they can run with anyone.  []
6. Washington St.
Who are these guys and what have they done with Wazzu?  I know the LA schools are down, but these are uncharted depths they are plummeting to.  There to take advantage are the usually hapless Cougs, now on course for their first ever appearance in Staples.  []
As amazing as it is that a Bruin player leads the conference in assists, it is even more amazing that said player scored only two points on 1-10 shooting over the weekend.  Those kinds of numbers make Steve Lavin look like a genius when he moved Bozeman from the 2 to the 1 out of high school.  [Bruin Report Online]
8. USC
At this rate, the Toejams won't be around to knock Stanford out of the conference tourney.  Not that this team could, as it coasts into the doldrums of the "Middle of the" Pac-10.  There can only be so much success at $C, and the football team is enjoying the majority of it.  []
9. Arizona St.
There are underachievers, and then there is ASU basketball.  Someone must not have sent the official Pac-10 tournament rules to Tempe, as they clearly state that only teams from the northwest are eligible to miss out on the postseason party in LA.  []
10. Oregon St.
A few months ago, Beav fans were probably circling this weekend as the one in which they would lock up 7th place by sweeping the Washington schools.  As it stands now, OSU has a better shot at catching the LA schools in the

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