BootPowerRatings™ - 11/19

The 2004 season will conclude Saturday for four teams in the conference, which means they have one last chance to raise their stock in the history books via their BPRs. The BootComputer, in its current construction, has never seen a Big Game matchup this lopsided, so we have engineers on standby in the event of a Card upset-induced crash.

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Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 11/18/04

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
Showing off their ability to turn it on whenever they feel like it, $oCal registered 35 points in seven minutes in squelching Zona's bid for an upset.  For the last two seasons, many Booties have rooted like Hell for the Trojans in at least one game, and the time has come again as two evil forces collide when South Bend travels to South Central.  []
2. California
Weenie fans are probably too giddy to recognize two potential pitfalls on their march to the Rose Bowl.  If they don't remember what happened to UCLA in Miami six years ago, they may repeat history in Hattiesburg.  Oh by the way, there is also the matter of a little thing they like to call the Big Game.  [CyberBears]
3. Arizona St.
Considering their final opponent, I don't think I'm being too presumptuous in congratulating the pitchforkers on a 9-2 season.  A Holiday Bowl match-up with Oklahoma State or Texas A&M should provide us with the usual gluttony of offensive fireworks in the San Diego New Year.  []
4. Oregon
Just when the Lucks appeared ready to add their name to the upper echelon of the Pac-10, they go and lay an egg against the Bruins.  Having to play 10 straight games doesn't help, but maybe they should have just beaten Indiana.  Someone tell the AD to go back to a safer patsy like Portland State.  [eDuck Sports]
t-5. Oregon St.
Der-pick Anderson lived up to his name, but despite his best efforts the Rats still pulled it out in Palo Alto.  Perhaps a little too psyched up for the Civil War, seven Beavers were suspended for brawling in a Corvallis bar last Friday night, a scene not unlike that in Necessary Roughness.  []
t-5. UCLA
Only the Bruins could "hold" a running back to 145 yards and improve their yearly defensive stats.  More importantly though, a November win (their first in three seasons) means a trip to El Paso, or (dare I say it) Phoenix for the Bowl, is now a guarantee!  [Bruin Report Online]
7. Stanford
With their recent woes and continued slide, this may not be the ideal time to face your biggest challenge on the field.  None the less, tradition calls the Axe seekers to Berzerkeley, where the seniors will fight for a chance to bookend their careers with wins over their rivals.  []
8. Washington St.
Being only an 11-point favorite, at home, against possibly the worst team in Division IA has to be disheartening.  Doba's job may be safe right now, but another Apple Cup loss will ignite the villager's torches for sure.  And remember, in Pullman that is not just a metaphor.  []
9. Arizona
At this time of year, when most Wildcat fans turn their other ear back towards McKale, the fond memory of almost beating Wisconsin will have to keep them warm until Spring practice starts up four months from now.  []
10. Washington
We all know how bad Yoo-Dub has been this year, but here are some truly offensive numbers to put it in perspective:  the Huskies are dead last in the nation in ppg (12.9), turnovers (38) and passing efficiency (77.44).  The only way Gilby gets carried off the field on Saturday is on a stretcher.  []

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