BootPowerRatings™ - 10/28

The BootComputer tells us this week that some of what we thought to be true in the conference a few weeks ago was just a mirage. Though, in all fairness, the BootComputer was standing right beside us then in our estimates of conference contenders and pretenders! For the latest iteration of this patent-protected Pac-10 algorithm, read on...

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 10/28/04

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
The BCS may no longer have scoring margin as a factor, but the BootComputer still does, hence SC's drop after barely covering the five-touchdown spread.  The only issue left to discuss in Trojan Nation is Miami or Oklahoma.  []
2. California
If Pete had a problem at wideout, Jeff has an outright catastrophe on his hands.  After losing another one in a wicked hit that may have ruptured a liver, the weenies are down to three scholarship receivers.  But don't cry for me Berkeley, as Tedford can still send J.J. Arrington into your secondary.  Let's hope Utah keeps kal out of the BCS picture.  [CyberBears]
3. Arizona St.
Having Andrew Walter save their bacon in what was looking like a letdown game, the Solar Satans will still have visions of the Rose Bowl dancing in their heads when they descend into Strawberry Canyon.  The Devil defense will need to do a 180 from their collapse in Compton two weeks ago.  []
4. Stanford
Coming out on the wrong side of an unusual defensive slugfest against Oregon has Stanford going into their contest against UCLA the same way they did last year, with any bowl aspirations on the line.  After last week's hull breach in the passing game, maybe the Card should try their foot at running over the Baby Blues.  []
5. Oregon
It's not quite winter, so the Ducks have not yet migrated south.  Assuming they take care of business against Washington, the Quacks will be tied for 2nd in the Pac-10, with only kal as the toughest remaining game on their schedule.  Boy that Indiana loss really smarts, doesn't it?  [eDuck Sports]
As the season grinds on, El Lay is holding true to form, thanks in large part to their defense being exploited at every turn.   Getting torched for 17 points in five minutes in a come from ahead loss to ASU didn't help matters, as Karl Dorrell teams haven't shown much resiliency.  [Bruin Report Online]
7. Oregon St.
After a brutal stretch of games to open their season, the Rats have stopped the bleeding with a couple of Washington wins, and a trip to Tucson should bring their heads above water again.  Signifying their only recent acceptance of the forward pass in Corvallis, Derek Anderson is about to pass Jonathan Smith (the man he replaced) as the school's all-time leading passer.  []
8. Washington St.
As much as folks up in the badlands hate to admit it, the glory years of Wazzu football have come and gone.  Does this mean it is hoops' turn to shine?  With nothing more to lose, the Cougs plan on throwing everything, including the kitchen Brink, at SC this weekend.  []
9. Arizona
Thanks to Mississippi State's 38-point outburst against Florida, the lovable Mildcats are now dead last in the nation in scoring.  With games still to play against OSU, ASU and of course, USC, you can go ahead and engrave their name on the futility trophy.  []
10. Washington
A quick glance at the offensive numbers in the SC-UW box score and you might do a double take, similar to your reaction when seeing Gilby's BMI rating.  The fact that the Huskies only managed one first down is all you need to know, and all the time I care to devote to this miserable team.  []

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