BootPowerRatings - 11/13

Last week's stunner in Corvallis not only shook up the Pac-10 bowl picture, but also shook up the BPRs. The BootComputer yielded a meteoric rise for the Beavs, while Slick Rick takes his lumps. Tree Boy ran the numbers, and has his usual top-notch commentary and wit to add.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings

As of 11/13/01

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
Couple this weeks escape from LA with the goal line stand in Pullman, and the Birds have supplanted the Huskies as the "Luckiest SOB's" of the conference. Upstaging Hype Harrington are halfbacks Interrogate-me-o Smith and Maurice Morris, who are on pace for 1,000 yards each. "B"oregon will try and capture their first conference title in 7 years when they take on the suddenly formidable Beavers in two weeks. [eDuck Sports]
2. Washington St.
Statistically speaking, the Cougs have the best balance of offense and defense in the Pac-10. But, plays like the controversial fumble return against ASU is what have made this a season of destiny for Mike Price. The stage is now set for one of the most important Apple Cups ever, and QB Jason Gesser guarantees a victory. No small task as the Mountain Cats must win in Seattle, and against a miffed mutt squad no less. []
3. Stanford
There was definitely something strange lingering in the desert air Saturday night, and it wasn't coach Mackovic's designer imposter aftershave. The Card scored 2 consecutive defensive TD's and then followed that up with an improbably Kenneth Tolon scramble to pay dirt. Things got hairy as a 35 point 4th quarter lead nearly evaporated, but time eventually ran out, and Stanford was bowl eligible. Stanford will attempt an unprecedented run at 7 Big Game wins in a row when the Barely Bears are forced kicking and screaming into Palo Alto this weekend. [The]
4. Washington
Maybe the Huskies were looking past OSU, or maybe they suffered a letdown after the big win against Stanford, or maybe Slick Rick's contract with Satan finally expired. With arguably their toughest two games of the season still left to play, the Pups might be without signal caller Cody Pickett, who re-injured his shoulder against the Beavs. Ironically, UW will be trying to avoid the Seattle Bowl this weekend in Seattle when a potent Cougar team rolls in with a taste for fruit. []
It's official: the Bruins are in meltdown mode. Between "Hands" Foster losing his eligibility and Bob Toledo's easy to second guess coaching strategy, UCLA has managed to lose 3 straight games and are in danger of missing the post season altogether. To make matters worse, rival $¢ is now playing with a purpose, and the Ruins must make the trip into the Mausoleum this Saturday - a game that could decide the fate of two coaches. [Bruin Report Online]
6. Oregon St.
Still feeling the sting from last year's lone defeat to the Huskies, the 2K Rodents borrowed the bodies of this year's squad for one afternoon to avenge that loss. The Buck-Tooths not only won, they handed Ricky his worst loss since joining the Iditarod 3 years ago. The Beavs will get another shot to ruin a rival's season on the 1st of December. In the meantime, those Lumberjacks from Northern Arizona will play the role of practice squad this weekend. [Beaver Sports Central]
7. USC
Look who is back from the dead! After a stunning overtime win against the Pelted Ones, $¢ took it to kal and are one win away from going bowling. Recent history would have suggested that the Trojenz would have packed it in after crapping out against Notre Shame, but it wasn't to be this time around. Maybe ol' Petey is good for something after all? Nah. A win against the Ruins just might lock up Carroll for a while, which is good news for conference foes. []
8. Arizona St.
Still no party crashing for Dirk and his Demons yet, as they suffer another frustrating defeat to a conference power. A little of that Tucson air must have blown up to Tempe as an ASU pass was ruled a fumble, turning the tide in a close game. The scum Devils must take care of business against Arizona in a rare Friday game before they get one last crack at that elusive "big win" in a makeup game with UCLA. []
9. Arizona
Here is a stat that would make even kal shake their heads; In their last 4 home games, the Mildcats have given up an average of 51 points to their opponents. No wonder the P.A. announcer warns the fans, "If you leave the stadium, you must purchase another ticket to re-enter." If it were me, I would demand a refund. Mercifully, only a Desert Duel remains in this cruel season for Johnny Mack. []
10. California
Is this why it's called a Bear market? Could kal's stock fall any lower? Losses in the next two weeks, especially in the last week, will give us the answer to that burning question. In the meantime, enjoy this weeks fun fact, courtesy of SaveHolmoe' The weenies are on pace to allow the most points in a single season in school history. No question the Cardinal will add to that heinous record this weekend in what kal fans are now calling the Big Lame. [CyberBears]

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