BootPowerRatings™ - 10/13

If it feels like this weekend's game between Stanford and Washington State is a critical battle between two bowl-hungry teams, the new BPRs bolster that position. Also of note, there is a clear separation of power between the California schools (four of top five) and the Northwest schools (four of bottom five). The BootComputer eagerly aways this Saturday's games, when #1 plays #2, #3 vs #4 and #5 vs #6.

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 10/13/04

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
Lefty Gomez once said "I'd rather be lucky than good," and in the case of the Trojans, you can be both.  With their receiving corps at DefCon 5 and having to play their toughest games in consecutive weeks, Pete will take 'em however he can get 'em.  []
2. Arizona St.
The stars are aligned for an upset.  The Devils have had two weeks to dissect hours of game film, they have the passing attack that can give $¢ fits, and Koetter looks better in a polo shirt than Carroll.  If ASU can pull this one out, the rest of the conference should pitch in for travel expenses to the Rose Bowl.  []
3. California
Much like their bay brethren, the weenies' failure in the red-zone cost them dearly.  The stats say kal should have run away with the win against the top dog, but the "L" looms large in the box score.  It appears that Berzerkeley fans will have to wait another year (that's 45 and counting) for an outright Pac-10 championship.  [CyberBears]
The question isn't if the Bruins are a contender or pretender, it's how much are they pretending, as evidence by they're being a two touchdown underdog against the same animal.  With the exception of Oregon, El Lay's next 6 games are against teams with a combined record of 20-5.  [Bruin Report Online]
5. Stanford
Coming close is no consolation in what was unofficially the biggest game of the year.  This time the Card's miscues did cost them as Neutered Dame cashed in like they were leaving Vegas.  The Great American Road Show rambles up to the badlands known as the Palouse, where Stanford has the best winning percentage amongst all visiting Pac-10 venues.  []
6. Washington St.
It was only a matter of time before that dreaded phrase was uttered in Pullman, and on Saturday it was.  Cougin' it big time, the defense surrendered nearly 700 yards and 27 fourth quarter points as they snatched defeat from the beaks of victory.  []
7. Oregon
A Wazzu meltdown away from an insurmountable 1-4 start, Kellen Clemens finally emerged from under the rock defensive coordinators were hoping he would stay under.  With U-Dub and Arizona still on its schedule (and USC not) Oregon finally has something to play for... like that new Canadian Bowl being discussed.  [eDuck Sports]
8. Oregon St.
No chance for Derek Anderson to pad his turnover stats last weekend, but he did receive a warning from the NCAA about his unauthorized decal honoring former coach Dennis Erickson.  Mike Riley offered to collect the fine personally.  []
9. Arizona
Though Desert Swoon did shut down hot-footed Maurice Drew, it came at the expense of the pass defense, leading to 37 Bruin points.  The unusually large number shorted out the Wildcat scoreboard, causing a 15-minute delay.  []
10. Washington
The free-fall season continues up in the Puget Sound as those lovable purple puppies squeaked out a home win against contraction candidate SJSU.  Now that that's taken care of, UW is free to roll over and play dead from here on out.  []

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