Now that the December dust has settled, we can turn the page on the 2001 Pac-10 regular season. While five teams still have bowling reservations, Tree Boy has run the final regular season iteration on the BootComputer. In addition to his regular witicisms, Tree Boy has added his vote for "MVP" and "Goat" on each team. You don't want to miss this...
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.
Picking off an errant Beaver pass
in the waning seconds, the Quacks finished off
their near perfect season with a Civil War win.
For any that still consider Hype a Heisman
candidate, just look at the way he fumbled when
he tried to waddle the clock out. Horrific! The
Mallards are feeling the sting from a whacked BCS
system as they continue to drop, this time behind
a team with two losses.
MVP: Onterrio Smith- Single foot-edly beat WSU,
keeping UO in line for the conference title.
Goat: Special teams coach Robin Ross- He was
brilliant against Stanford. [eDuck Sports]
For the first time in 4 seasons,
the Card took the Spartans seriously, and it
translated into a win. Maybe it was the fact that
the game was played at the end of the year, or
maybe a certain group of seniors didn't want to
be labeled as the class who, "Never Beat
SJSU." Whatever the reason, 9-2 exceeded
pre-season expectations, and the prospects of
winning number 10 look good.
MVP: O-line- We ran the numbers and this wall of
fortitude stands as the best in the country.
Goat: Whoever was responsible for the Card
playing in Seattle in this, of all seasons. [The Bootleg.com]
Washington St. [BPR=88]
Nothing new to report from Camp
Price, so lets skip to the awards.
MVP: Jason Gesser- Without him, the Cougs go 3-8.
Goat: Nakoa McElrath- Should have come down with
at least one of the lobs against Oregon [Cougfan.com]
The Boot Computer is still trying
to figure out how the Southern Gals managed to
make a bowl game after they hit rock bottom
MVP: Ryan Cesca- Beaver kicker who missed two
FG's that I could have made with a Nerf ball into
Goat: Mike MacGillivray-Punter who botched the
fake against the Irish (Pete made me say it). [WeAreSC.com]
In case you missed it, The Boo-ins
managed to avoid a 5 game losing streak when they
knocked off a punch less Sun Devil squad. The
only decision left to be made is whether or not
to accept a Silicon Valley Bowl bid.
MVP: Robert Thomas- It had to be somebody, and
Foster was ineligible.
There hasn't been much woofing
from the Puget Sound since "The
Thrashing." Any truth to the rumor the Dawg
fans are buying more tickets to the Seattle Bowl
than the Holiday Bowl?
MVP: Reggie Williams- Came out of nowhere and
became one of the Pac-10's most lethal weapons.
Goat: Larry Triplett- Went from lethal weapon to
starring in offensive lineman's highlight videos.
Oregon St. [BPR=72]
Another Civil War played in
miserable conditions, and another Beaver miscue
that lead to another loss. Marching on a
potential game-winning drive, Jonathan Smith
misfired and hit a Duck DB right in the numbers,
ending the Big-Tooth's bowl hopes.
MVP: James Newson- Best player you've never heard
of. Can you name his position?
Goat: Ryan Cesca- Not only for the $¢ debacle,
but for last year when he missed a kick against
UW. [Beaver Sports Central]
The athletic pecking order in
Tucson looks like this: 1) basketball 2) softball
3) womans volleyball 4) you get the point...
MVP: Clarence Farmer- File this selection under
the category of "Duh!"
Goat: "Beaten" John Mackovic- For his
clock mismanagement against the Mutts. [CatTracks.net]
Arizona St. [BPR=52]
After starting out 3-1, the Demons
fell fast and hard, finishing with losses in 6 of
their last 7 games. Of course, they were the only
school to not get a crack at kal.
MVP: Terrell Suggs- Stuck on a defense that left
a lot to be desired, Suggs did more than his
share of damage.
Goat: Coach Koetter- The whimsical QB rotation at
the end of the year was a sure sign that panic
had set in. [DevilsDigest.com]
The prefect bookend to go with
Oregon (being 1-10) and played the role of
conference joke to perfection all year. I liken
the selection of an MVP to that of being forced
to pick a pop singer for a music award.
MVP: Tully Banta-Cain-In addition to being the
only weenie amongst the conference leaders
(sacks/tackles for loss) in any type of
significant category, he has a name you can't
Goat: Tom Holmoe- Hard to win with those players,
but hey, he recruited them. [CyberBears]