BootPowerRatings™ - 10/22

The BootComputer told us last week how critical the games that Saturday would be; indeed, we have quite the shakeup atop the BPRs this week. After getting their tridents handed to them, the Solar Satans drop sharply in this week's Pac-10 power ratings, while the Card rise swiftly. Meanwhile, the Mildcats and Puppies reach new lows in the cellar...

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 10/21/04

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
In what was conceivably the last chance for a non-win, Chow's chess pieces commandeered the playing field in a game that was over by halftime. Even though margin of victory is no longer a BCS factor, it wouldn't surprise anyone if SC drops 70+ on hapless Washington.  []
2. California
Averaging more than 500 yards a game with nearly a perfect balance of run and pass, it's good to be a blue and yellow hot dog these days. I may have missed this joke a few seasons ago when kal replaced the turf at Memorial Stadium with sod, but it was only fitting, as everyone in Berkeley prefers grass.  [CyberBears]
3. Stanford
Though they were outscored in the fourth quarter again, the Card came up with a defensive stop when they needed it most. In what could be a series of firsts this season for Buddy, he finally got a conference road win. A quick cameo in Palo Alto to host the tub toys for the first time in seven years.  []
4. Arizona St.
Any questions about Dirk's Devils being a title contender were answered when they were lambasted in the Mausoleum. Hosting the other El Lay team poses an interesting match-up of teams that need to rebound or continue down the vortex in Yankee fashion.  []
Still being run through like crap through a goose, the Bruisen linebackers are being mistaken for matadors. You would think practicing against Maurice Drew and his brick wall of blockers would help, but apparently not. If they can't stop ASU's ghost ground game, they might have to try the experimental 11 men in the box tactic.  [Bruin Report Online]
6. Oregon
Suddenly Whoregon is on a roll after cashing in on their Pac-10 party gift (a game vs. Arizona). Penalties are still plaguing Bellotti's Boys, so he has them running the steps in Autzen for every one they incur. I can just see the caption if it were a commercial: "6th place isn't won; it's earned during practice."  [eDuck Sports]
7. Washington St.
After taking one too many whacks by the Cardinal Menace, Josh wont be swoggering anywhere for a while. This means the Cougs will have to lean on the newly installed two-back set that saw some success last week. They better hope Jerome Harrison's performance wasn't just a flash in the Palouse.  []
8. Oregon St.
Who wouldathunk that after his meltdown in the Bayou, Alexis Serna would win Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week a month later? The Beavs needed all five of his three-pointers in addition to seven turnovers by the Fuskies to seal a win. Not something to hang your hat on against the worst team west of the Rockies.  []
9. Arizona
What's this? A quarterback controversy in Tucson? Maybe this will generate some emotion in an offense that ranks 115th in the nation. Then again, this is the Wildcats we are talking about, where the term "fair weather" takes on a whole new meaning.  []
10. Washington
If you think the worst has already passed, the Husky season might reach its nadir in Compton. Kicking a dog while it's down, the NCAA extended U-Dub's probationary period to February of 2007. All inquiries into the matter should be sent to  []

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