BootPowerRatings - 11/6

How quickly the mighty have fallen. In just two weeks, Stanford and UCLA have fallen to 4th and 5th in the BPRs, while U-Dub has climbed just as fast. More interesting are the takes Tree Boy has on the Pac-10, from top to bottom. Fact-filled, and hilarious.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings

As of 11/06/01

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.

1. Oregon
Because ducks only fly south in the winter, Mike Belotti has trusted the offense to his speed-waddling tailbacks. This has paid big dividends, as the Mallards now lead the league in rushing, and find themselves atop the BPR's for the first time this season. Although they don't get to clash with the "F"uskies this year, the road trip to Pasadena this weekend could end up being just as huge, if they have any plans on a return trip in January. [eDuck Sports]
2. Washington
Wasn't this supposed to be a rebuilding year? If it is, they Dawgs sure aren't showing it, as they put together their most complete effort against the upstart Card. Now in line to win their second consecutive Pac-10 title, the Purple Pups are also harboring thoughts of a national title, as a showdown with Miami looms. First, Slick Rick must keep the team from looking past OSU in Corvallis this Saturday. []
3. Washington St.
Determined not to let the season slip away after a slip up against UO, the Palouse Pussycats stayed alive in the title hunt by picking on UCLA. Literally, in the case of Lamont Thompson, who set a school record with 4 interceptions in one game. The conference's best interview, Mike Price, can only wonder what the cancelled game against Colorado would have done for the Cougars bowl position when the inevitable tiebreakers come into play. Price must keep his team from looking ahead to the Apple Cup as they must first take care of business in Tempe. []
4. Stanford
The curse of Bill Walsh is fast gaining legitimacy. As if last year's loss wasn't hard enough to swallow, the loss to the Huskies last weekend interrupted what might have been a banner year for the Card. Stanford's RX is growing by the game, and there is no rest in sight as the extended season still shows 4 games in 4 weeks. If there was ever a time to employ the "when the going gets tough..." adage, this would be it. The stretch run begins in Tucson this week where the Tree Boy factor will be put to the test for the second time in 3 weeks. [The]
After Corey "Incomplete" Paus threw more passes to the defense than his own receivers last weekend, Bob Toledo was forced to send his wrecking ball running back into a stacked Cougar line. The results were disastrous, and the Bruins dropped their second straight road game, dashing any lingering Rose Bowl hopes. The good news is that they get to return home this weekend. The bad news is that Oregon is going to be there as well. [Bruin Report Online]
6. Arizona St.
After losing so many heartbreakers over the last two seasons, the Scum Devils decided it would hurt far less to just roll over and die against the Quacks. Coach Koetter desperately wants to join the bowl party being hosted by the elite 5 in the conference, but just can't quite get that big win to garner an invite. He will get another chance this weekend when the Cougars come to town. []
7. USC
Despite having nearly half as many total yards as the Pelted Ones, the Toejams somehow snuck away with a "W" when Carson Palmer parlayed his blazing speed into an overtime TD run. Keeping their slim bowl hopes alive, $¢ now gets to play the conference doormat before a rival clash with an all-of-the-sudden vulnerable Bruin squad. []
8. Oregon St.
The Beavs have to be damned upset after they wasted a perfect chance to end their century long losing streak at the Coliseum. Rodent kicker Ryan Cesca pulled out his sand wedge and sliced two shots, the last of which was from point blank range. Up next is a home game with those resilient Dawgs from Seattle. Any chance OSU will be looking ahead to Northern Arizona? [Beaver Sports Central]
9. Arizona
And the winner of the Toilet Bowl is...the Arizona Mildcats! Clarence Farmer's 164-yard day moved him up to a 2nd place tie for leading rushers in the conference. The running of Farmer has been a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable year for the Kittens. Now that head chump John Mackovic has secured his job by not losing to kal, he can relax and take his beating from an angry Cardinal contingent. []
10. California
This Barely Bears fun fact of the day is brought to you by Oskie, that diseased ridden mascot from Berkeley. Kal's scoring margin is a degrading -24 ppg. Steve Gladstone surprised no one when he announced that Tom Holmoe will resign after this season. The Boot Computer quickly saw through this and sees some hilarious irony: though he never did beat Stanford, Tom Holmoe did in fact get the axe. The Holmoe farewell tour continues this weekend against $¢. [CyberBears]

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