BootPowerRatings™ - 9/15

Now that all 10 teams in the conference have gotten underway with the 2004 season, we have an initial set of data to feed the BootComputer. The results are raw this early in the year, but already we see some interesting trends taking shape in the Pac-10. The most notable would be the dramatic drop of the Northwest schools, who all debut in the bottom half of the BPRs. Read on for this first best look at the conference...

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 9/15/04

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. USC
Quickly dispensing of their first two opponents, the Chow-jans don't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.  Not content to share anything with anyone, Petey Bird is pulling out all the stops this season, including an attempt to get Ronnie Lott re-instated by the NCAA.  []
2. California
With their recent run of success, the kal kontingent has grown exponentially as manhole covers and rocks have been displaced.  Although the echoes coming out of Strawberry Canyon would disagree, perhaps we should wait a few weeks before we declare the Pac-10 a two horse race.  [CyberBears]
3. Stanford
It's deja vu all over again, or is it?  Despite starting the season 2-0 against the same squads from last year, this time around has a different, more positive feel to it.  The glow from the trouncing of the humorless Cougs will last for another week, which should give Trent Edwards' body enough time to heal the internal bleeding.  []
4. Arizona St.
Now the crusty old veteran of the conference QB circuit, Andrew Walter will take one last run at a winning season, even if it means playing in the Silicon Valley Classic.  A big step towards that lofty goal would be taken if they can get pass Iowa (the team that ruined their season last year) this week.  []
The Bru-illusion that this might be a solid year for El Lay is in position once again as their schedule is frontloaded with the weaker teams.  A 4-1 start might even garner some votes in the national polls, but the savvy Pac-10 fan knows better than to fear the baby blues.  [Bruin Report Online]
6. Washington St.
The dual ineffectiveness of his QBs has head man Bill Do(h)ba clueless as to whom he should start against Idaho this week.  When the choices are Josh "Walk with" Swogger and Alex "On the" Brink "of Disaster", it's tough to lose.  Either way, this appears to be the end of double-digit win total seasons in Pullman.  []
7. Washington
The signal caller situation in the Palouse is a dream compared to the nightmare plaguing Keith Gilbertson's beauty sleep.  Maybe Gilby should hire Jerry Pettibone as his OC and have him install the wishbone offense.  After all, it put OSU on the map.  []
8. Oregon St.
Speak of the rats, here they lie, licking their blue-stained turf wounds.  The beginning of the end could have been two weeks ago, when place-kicker Alexis Serna missed more PATs in one night than most kickers miss in their entire careers.  "Don't count us out yet," says Mike Riley.   "The Beaver will never quit; the Beaver will never die."  []
9. Oregon
If anyone wants to make an instructional video titled, "How Not to Win a Football Game," I suggest using most of Oregon's game against Indiana for footage.  I'll spare you the details, but suffice to say that if the Quacks play half as badly in Norman this week, they will surely lose their X-box privileges at their next home game.  [eDuck Sports]
10. Arizona
The Wildkittens find themselves in a familiar place to start the 2004 campaign, and they don't seem too distressed about it.  Mike Stoops is not accustomed to losing, but after 2 or 3 years of it I'm sure it will grow on him.  At least he can watch big brother stomp on a division rival this weekend.  []

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