BootPowerRatings - 11/20

As the regular season in the Pac draws near its close, so does the race for top ground in Tree Boy's BPRs. Oregon would need a public gnawing from the Beavs to lose their #1 spot, while U-Dub find itself lacking the favored treatment they ar receiving in San Diego. Read on for the latest ratings from the BootComputer, and Tree Boy's commentaries.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings

As of 11/20/01

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
[BPR=93]
The Feathered Fowl were idle this week, and could only watch their strength of schedule take a beating as UCLA and WSU lost. Belotti must keep his Chinese delicacies focused on beating the rival Beavs and not on the BC-Mess. [eDuck Sports]
2. Stanford
[BPR=90]
It didn't go according to plan, but few tings rarely do. Despite racking up a Big Game record 568 yards on offense, The Card once again had to deflect a last second pass to preserve a win. So for the 7th straight year, the chopping tool remains in Palo Alto, justifying the reason for calling it the Stanford Axe. The close call over the bumbling bears did not impress pollsters though, and the Card's bowl picture is looking bleaker by the day, literally in the case of Seattle. [The Bootleg.com]
3. Washington St.
[BPR=88]
So WSU couldn't win in the stadium by the lake. Who can? After guaranteeing a victory earlier in the week, Jason Gesser had this to say after the loss; "We killed ourselves in the foot," Presumably referring to the Cougs inability to get a running game going against one of the worst rush defenses in the conference. Like most of their Pac-10 brethren, the Mountain Cats are now on a wait and see basis as to where they will be playing their 12th game. Early reports say pack your bags for El Paso. [Cougfan.com]
4. Washington
[BPR=87]
Inspired by a pregame speech from Curtis Williams, the Huskies rebounded from an awful game against OSU to beat their rivals from Spokane. The real story is the way the Purple Pups' luck is finding new ways to manifest itself. By having their clash with Miami moved to the end of the year, they were able to hang around the top-15 all year and got a premature invite to the Holiday Bowl. [Dawgman.com]
5. USC
[BPR=80]
Left for dead after a bad loss to the Flailing Irish, $¢ has come roaring back to win 4 straight games. The last of which being the most impressive as they shut the Ruins out, holding them to a measly 28 yards rushing. Its a good thing the Trojanz have turned it around, as Pete Carroll was running out of players to blame. Now that his job is safe, he can get ready his crew for the Las Vegas Bowl. The scandal possibilities boggle the mind! [WeAreSC.com]
6. Oregon St.
[BPR=76]
The Rodents used last week's game against Northern Arizona as a means to get Jonathan Smith into the record books, and Ken Simonton one step closer. Smith is now the Beavers all time leader in passing yards and TD's, and Simonton needs 114 yards to become the first RB in Pac-10 history to rush for 1,000 yards in 4 straight seasons. Thanks to the glutton of bowls that now exist, a win against the Quacks would ensure the Beavs of their first, 3rd consecutive postseason ever. [Beaver Sports Central]
7. UCLA
[BPR=73]
It would seem that the Lavin Watch has been put on hold in favor of the Toledo Watch. Bobby allowed his QB to start against $¢ even after he found out about a DUI charge that Paus had been hiding since June. You would think that would be a perfect excuse to get that noodle-armed scrub off the field, but instead Toledo copped out with, "I didn't have ample time to make a decision." Here is a shovel Bob; keep digging. [Bruin Report Online]
8. Arizona St.
[BPR=68]
The Devils have played true to form this year, winning when favored and losing when underdogs. With a bowl game still possible, the Hot Ball Hedens will look to take care of their Southwest counterparts before a rare closer with UCLA. [DevilsDigest.com]
9. Arizona
[BPR=50]
The Mildcats took the week off, but then again, they take most weeks off. Having locked up non-last place, there really isn't much left to play for. True, they can finish off ASU's slim bowl hopes, but does anyone really care? To top it off, they play on Friday, when most of the free world is Christmas shopping. This may go down as the forgotten game in this desert rivalry. [CatTracks.net]
10. California
[BPR=3]
The movie is now set. Following the journey of one schools rise to domination over their bitter rival, the title will be, "The Seven Deadly Wins," starring The Sheriff as the hero and Tom Holmoe as the hapless villain. All that is missing is a soundtrack, though I do have some ideas... [CyberBears]

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