9/3 BootPowerRatings™

Eight of the ten teams in the conference have logged at least one game in this nascent season, and limited though that data may be, the BootComputer has processed some big changes. Check out the latest ratings and rants around the conference, brought to you by the incomparable Tree Boy.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™

As of 9/3/02

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. Washington St.
Unimpressive debut against Nevada, but you have to like the turnout for the game in the Seahawks new stomping grounds.  Back to the barren wasteland known as Pullman for a tune-up with Idaho before a Sep 14 date with the Buckeyes in the Horseshoe.  The jury is still out on the "Guess Who 4 Heisman?" slogan. [Cougfan.com]
2. Oregon
The Jason Fife era began with a bang last weekend in Autzen.  Mississippi State was the first ever SEC team to grace the sloped turf in Eugene, and after their dismal showing, they might be the last.  Grumblings about having to play in Pullman two straight years are overshadowed by the fact that Oregon played 8 home games last year, as well as having a schedule that includes 7 this year.  [eDuck Sports]
3. Stanford
The shocking news out of Cardinal Camp this past week was the announcement that cover boy Chris Lewis will be forced to sit out the opener.  As if predicting how this team was going to perform wasn't hard enough before, this variable makes it impossible, so I won't bother.  However, I will resist the urge to use fill-in QB Kyle's last name in a headline-worthy pun, no matter how easy it is...   [TheBootleg.com]
4. Washington
Was it John Lennon who said, "Instant Karma is going to get you?"  It may not have been instant, but a late substitution gaffe cost the Purple Pups a chance to escape Ann Arbor with a victory.  Ironically, it is exactly those types of flukes that have benefited Yoo-Dub the past few years, but this time they were left standing on the other side of the fence.  Whether they come out fired up or deflated against Sannizay, it should only determine whether they cover the spread or not.  [Dawgman.com]
5. USC
Watching Pete Carroll on the sideline you would think he had just won the Rose Bowl.  Settle down Pete. It was just Auburn, and you still haven't taught your team any run defense.  How is it that after 3 years in Compton, Kareem Kelly still hasn't learned how to catch? [WeAreSC.com]
The only team in the conference without a patsy is the team that needs one the most.  Playing host to the Rams from Fort Collins this Saturday, the Bruins will try and avoid a school record 7th consecutive loss.  [Bruin Report Online]
7. Oregon St.
After their close call with Eastern Washington last year, OSU decided to head even further East to find an opponent that would lie down for them.  Obliging perfectly were the Colonels from Kentucky, as they sat idly by and watched the Beavs pile up 49 points.  Another Thursday night game this week confirms rumor that Erickson is running a pipeline to the NFL's Dallas and Detroit franchises. [BeaverFootball.com]
t-8. Arizona
From the statistical oddity department comes the UA/NAU contest.  Dominating the Lumberjacks 37-3, one would assume that Zona would dominate the ground stats as well.  Not so.  Stud RB Clarence Farmer managed only 1.8 yards per carry, and his teammates didn't fare any better.  On the flip side, NAU could only muster 87 yards via the forward pass, and only put the ball up 25 times, despite trailing by double digits throughout.  What does this mean in grand scheme of it all?  Nothing... they both stink.  [CatTracks.net]
t-8. Arizona St.
As expected, El Diablos rebounded from their shucking in Lincoln by grinding Eastern Washington into submission.  Pass-happy coach Dirk Koetter deferred to his running game to get the job done but wasn't pleased with ASU's inability to throw against a 1-AA opponent.  The BootComputer predicts a loss to Central Florida this weekend, setting the "Season of Anguish" in motion.  [DevilsDigest.com]
10. California
For the first time in 3 seasons, the Bears are not in last place.  Still, the win was not enough to leave the BPR cellar for the week.  Can 70 points be misleading?  Sadly, no.  Despite Baylor's best effort to literally hand the weenies the game, Tedford did draw up a game plan that yielded a 35-point first quarter.  This game does beg the question though, "Why is Baylor still in Division 1, let alone the Big 12?"  [CyberBears]

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