BootPowerRatings™ - 9/30

It's been widely held since the spring that the top two contenders in the conference are USC and Cal, while the repeat cellar dwellar should be Arizona. But the Mildcats have seen another poor sod dip below them in the BPRs for the first time since 2002, and a new power has inched ahead of the Bears. Check out our latest rants and ratings up and down the conference.

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 9/29/04

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
Another $care, but still perfect as the stalwarts from the South kept the wooden horse intact.  With the majority of their remaining games in the Mausoleum, it's tough to envision a loss before January, but still fun to imagine Mike Stoops pulling of the trick.  []
2. Arizona St.
It's good to be running with the devil these days as Tempe Tech improves to 4-0 despite getting only 146 yards passing from their leader.  Andrew Walter better be in top form Saturday night as the Satans are down to two eligible running backs, one playing with a broken right forearm.  []
3. California
The only question I have is, does kal still have a football team?  By the time the weenies stumble into Reser Stadium it will have been exactly 21 days since their last game.  If it's true what they say about rust and a passing attack, Aaron Rodgers will be in for a long day against a chomp-down rodent pass defense.  [CyberBears]
4. Stanford
Even though it stings to just miss on a program-defining win, the fact that this squad can say that proves they are a serious threat to go bowling this year, which was still in question just six days ago.  Now they can take their frustrations out on a wounded puppy and it's fat owner.  []
Even after two weeks of rest, Maurice Drew's legs are still sore after running the 20-mile marathon at Montlake.  He insists he will be ready to go against the Aztecs, a team the Bruins are 18-0-1 against in their storied history.  [Bruin Report Online]
6. Washington St.
Another ugly game for the Cougs, but 3-1 heading into a bye week has to be a pretty sight for Bill Doba's sore eyes.  Due to the suspect level of their competition so far, we won't really know how good (or bad) Wazzu is until late October, but having to ride their defense is a change of pace to the Pullman crew.  []
7. Oregon St.
The ghost of Dennis Erickson still haunts this beavered bunch, as a glutton of penalties and turnovers gave away their conference opener.  That kind of ineptness won't fly when four of your first five opponents are ranked in the Top 25, including this weekend's opponent from Berzerkeley.  []
8. Oregon
Despite thrashing the Vandals and collecting their first win of the season, there were still grumblings coming from the halls in Autzen.  Mike Bellotti welcomed another troubled youth into his "Second Chances for Athletes" program when former Nebraska lineman Richie Incognito enrolled in Eugene.  No amount of delinquents will be able to save the Duck secondary from their annual bend-over session at the mercy of Andrew Walter.  [eDuck Sports]
9. Arizona
Six times last year, Arizona lost games by 28 or more points.  That probably won't happen this year, but their record may end up being the same.  Simply trying to run out the clock against WSU, tailback Gilbert Harris fumbled with 90 seconds left, setting up the game losing TD.  Hey, at least they moved up in the power ratings.  []
10. Washington
After getting manhandled in South Bend, I think it's safe to say this is the worst Husky team in 25 years.  With more starters on the injured list than upperclassmen on the field, it's no wonder they find themselves in the BPR cellar for the first time in history.  []

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