BootPowerRatings - 3/10

Another year of Pac-10 action has concluded, and so we present the final edition of the BPRs. After a long ride at a perfect 100 score, the Card take a drop while a northern foe keeps rising. The bumbling Bears have now stumbled to the lower half of the Pac, an ignominy worse than the NIT. With all 90 conference games in the rearview mirror, check out what the BootComputer says about the 2003-04 conference class and clowns.

This story is brought to you
by the Stanford Terrace Inn

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 3/9/04

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
If nothing else, Cardinalmaniacs™ will not have to wonder if a regular season loss would have prevented a stumble in the Big Dance, should that unlikely event occur.  Perfection no longer a possibility, all eyes and brains are focused on the return and functionality of a certain senior.  [The]
2. Washington
Dubya's surge in the last 2 months will more than likely save the Pac-10 from the embarrassment of only admitting two dance partners.  For that, they should be commended.  For ruining Stanford's shot at a first ever 18-0 conference mark, they need to be slapped around in the Pac-10 finale.  []
3. Arizona
"Go not quietly into that midnight, Lute."  For if you do, this might be the beginning of the end of Arizona's run as a national power.  A possible mass departure to "The Show" coupled with the apparent decline in passion by the silver haired wonder means this might be Zona's last chance to make noise in March.  []
4. Oregon
If last weekend was an indication of how well the Quackers can handle all things LA, they could defend their Pac-10 title after all.  Luke Jackson promises to shave his head if Oregon wins it all, and Ernie Kent promises to shave a "Swoosh" into his fade.  [eDuck Sports]
5. USC
Now that the Trojenz won't kick off their backyard barbecue with Stanford, who knows what to expect out of Hank's Zeros?  What we do know is that Tasmanian Farmer's whirlwind ride is almost over.  A tear.  []
6. California
After being swept up north, the weenies are on the bubble of the NIT.  Kal needs to win 2 games to qualify for said tournament, but if they manage that much, they might as well just win one more and enter the field of 65.  Ok, that's enough laughter for one day.  [CyberBears]
7. Washington St.
Congrats to the Cougs, who make their inaugural appearance in the second coming of the Pac-10 tourney.   On the one hand, Wazzu gets to face a team they should have beaten just last week.  On the other hand, they get to see how Stanford responds to losing.  Tough break.  []
Oddly enough, the Bruise-ins were the only team to sweep UW this season, and they get a chance to try out the old axiom about beating a good team three times in a row.  Either way, I'm just glad I will get to see Olive Oil Hollins' hairdo one more time.  [Bruin Report Online]
9. Oregon St.
So many "what ifs" to ponder in the off season as the Beavers finish with a losing record for the 14th consecutive year.  Looking ahead, a resident rodent had this to say:  "We definitely don't expect to be fighting for a place in the Pac-10 tournament."  I agree - 10th place will be theirs for the taking.  []
10. Arizona St.
Be sure to turn the lights off when you leave, Rob.  []

Are you fully subscribed to The Bootleg?  If not, then you are missing out on all the top Cardinal coverage we provide daily on our website, as well as our full-length feature articles in our glossy magazine.  Sign up today for the biggest and best in Stanford sports coverage with (sign-up) and The Bootleg Magazine (sign-up)!

The Bootleg Top Stories