BootPowerRatings™ - 12/4

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...

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings

As of 12/04/01

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
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]
2. Stanford
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.
3. Washington St.
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
4. USC
The Boot Computer is still trying to figure out how the Southern Gals managed to make a bowl game after they hit rock bottom against ND.

MVP: Ryan Cesca- Beaver kicker who missed two FG's that I could have made with a Nerf ball into 40MPH winds.

Goat: Mike MacGillivray-Punter who botched the fake against the Irish (Pete made me say it).
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.

Goat: Bob Toledo- Let his team tank it after the loss to Stanford.
[Bruin Report Online]
6. Washington
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.
7. Oregon St.
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]
8. Arizona
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.
9. Arizona St.
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.
10. California
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 forget.

Goat: Tom Holmoe- Hard to win with those players, but hey, he recruited them.

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