BootPowerRatings™ - 10/7

Another week, another set of fascinating action in the Pac-10. The gap between the "haves" and "have nots" grew ever bigger, with moves up for the top six and continued slumps in the bottom four. We still need some battles to separate pretenders from contenders at the top, but in the meantime, how about some clever quips at the expense of our conference brethren?

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 10/06/04

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
One of three Pac-10 teams to get the week off, SoCal steadied for their big showdown with Nokal.  If Reggie Bush and company walk away winners after this one, they may as well keep walking all the way to Miami for a crack at an outright National Championship.  []
2. California
So much for the conventional wisdom pertaining to layoffs and slow starts Teddy's Bears scored on their first five drives where the total time of possession was just under 4 minutes.  At this point Aaron "Mr." Rodgers has better numbers than Matt Leinart, so the lion better be looking over his shoulder for the puma.  [CyberBears]
3. Arizona St.
The Demons didn't put on their usual aerial fireworks show, but they didn't need to.  At 5-0, ASU needs only one more win to become bowl eligible, but we won't know if that bowl will be in a warm weather spot for another month.  []
4. Stanford
Considering what happened to them in their final game last season, the current members of the Card must have gotten hand cramps drawing circles around October 9th on their 2004 calendar.  I'd rather see them run circles around the Golden Doh-mers.  Oh by the way, Saturday's win was the first of what is sure to be 20 straight vs. UW.  []
Having eaten three of the four courses in their parade of deserts, the baby blues have just enough room for a Tucson tartlet.  I hope Karl Dorrell is getting fat and happy now, because his season is set to go Chernobyl in two weeks.  [Bruin Report Online]
6. Washington St.
Forever the optimist, Bill Doba had this to say about the Crimson and Silver: "I think we're really close to being a really good team."  Oh really William?  And I'm really close to being a millionaire; I just need to win the lottery.  Hell, maybe I'll shoot even higher and take your boys and the billion-to-one odds on their winning the Pac-10.  []
7. Oregon
Needing a bye week in the worst possible way, the geese squandered theirs early on and now must endure the final seven weeks with no rest. On the other hand, having 37 weeks to prepare for Indiana didn't work out too well for them either, so maybe it's for the best.  [eDuck Sports]
8. Oregon St.
Proving they can hang with the rest of their Northwest brethren, the vermin stunk up the joint in welcoming back kal from their sabbatical.  Taking it the hardest is Derrick Anderson, who claimed the "booing" was coming from ignorant fans.  Comments like that can only increase his popularity in Corvallis.  []
9. Arizona
The Mildcats failed to score any points yet again this last week, but this time they had a legitimate excuse.  Using the extra week of practice to boost confidence, Mike "Not Bob" Stoops let his first team offense scrimmage against the lacrosse team.  []
10. Washington
Under normal circumstances, the BootComputer would issue an official Gilby Watch, but in the rooting interest of football fans everywhere, we have started a "Save the Gilby" campaign instead.  If you want to contribute, send your letters of support to the University of Washington Athletic Department immediately.  []

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