BootPowerRatings - 1/29

It's times like this that make the BootComputer so invaluable. The parity and see-saw performances among the top 6 or 7 teams in the conference are making it impossible to discern who rates where. Impossible, unless you run the latest iteration of BPRs. Tree Boy sorts out the mess with this week's ratings, which confirm the parity: the top 6 teams are separated by just 8 points. Though the #6 team is ESPN's projected #2 seed in March? Read on!

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings

As of 1/29/02

Below are our exclusive BootPowerRatings™ of the Pac-10 conference. Each week during the basketball 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-arena environment, cheerleader attitude and an unrevealed school spirit multiplier. The resulting rating score falls within a 1-100 scale, where 100 approximates a championship-bound team and a score of 1 is somewhere south of D-1.

1. Oregon
Lets see: 2 games with the bottom feeders, the perfect chance to take control of the Pac-10 and...SNAP! Embarrassing themselves and the league, Oregon laid an egg against U-Dub, and gave up 97 points to boot. Now we get to see what these fowl are made of, as their next 4 games are against the California Circuit. [eDuck Sports]
2. USC
Ambushed by a surprise 3-point attack, $C suffered a heart breaking loss to the Weenies. On the verge of being handed a devastating sweep, the Trojans turned up the heat and stole one right back from Stanford. Still, the Rubbers miss Jeff Trepagnier's defense more than they let on. []
3. Stanford
Stanford became the first team ever to win 5 in a row at Pauley Pavilion, adding to what is becoming the Pac-10's most heated rivalry. However, the impressive victory over El Lay was marred by an appalling display of how not to attack a press against $C. The Card better make adjustments soon or they run the risk of entering that scary sphere known as "The Bubble." [The]
After being handed yet another home loss at the hands of that hated Cardinal squad, UCLA used a balanced attack to knock of kal and salvage a split. Twice now Steve Laugh-in has tried to use comments by Casey Jacobsen as locker room material but both times it has failed. The depth of the feelings between the two schools can best be summed up by Matt Barnes who said, "I hate Stanford. I really do." [Bruin Report Online]
5. California
Apparently the Barely Bears used up all of their trifecta juice in their win over the Trojans because they were an eye popping 5-25 from downtown against the Bru-crew. Neither Stanford nor kal have been able to brag on the charter flight home as each school has split their last 2 road trips. [CyberBears]
6. Arizona
Out-hustled by the Hades Hoopsters, you would think the Cats would come up with a more inspired effort against Uconn. Not so. That league-worst defense reared its ugly head again and put the Kitties in a bit of a tailspin. You think Lute is happy Emeka Okafor didn't end up on the Farm? []
7. Arizona St.
7 years is a long time, but that is exactly how long it took the Devils to notch a "W" against the Mildcats. Phoenix native Tommy Smith is fast becoming a threat around the goal and is filling the rebounding void left by Awvee Storey. It only gets harder from here on out, as 6 of their next 9 games are on the road. []
8. Oregon St.
So far OSU has beaten the teams they were supposed to, and lost to the teams that they were supposed to. Keep it up and they should lock up a trip to the conference tournament. Honestly, is there a more boring team in the league? They aren't bad enough (like the Cougs) to easily pick on, and they aren't good enough to be considered a threat...unless you are Arizona. [Beaver Sports Central]
9. Washington
The Huskies went duck hunting last Thursday and did their job to keep the conference race muddled. Sophomore Doug Wrenn is about the only thing worth watching on this team, who missed a golden chance to take control of that coveted 8th seed by rolling over against the Beavs. []
10. Washington St.
Another close call against the Rats, but the losing streak now stands at 12 in a row. Thursday's showdown with the rival pups is one of the very few remaining games the Cougs have a shot at winning. The BootComputer guarantees a trip out of the basement for one week if they can pull it off. []

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