With more datapoints under its cyber-belt, the BootComputer is now getting a pretty good handle on this conference. And the results are unsurprising: there are a lot of good teams in the Pac this year. But that doesn't mean that Tree Boy can't go after their weaknesses and foibles. And this week's commentaries on our conference foes are classic.
As of 9/17/02
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.
Somehow the Oregon AD convinced 4 non-conference
opponents that a "home and home" series meant
traveling to Eugene in consecutive years. This time the
Autzen Assailants threw an ambush party for the Idaho Vandals,
a team quickly becoming Pac-10 toilet paper. In a
continuing series of 8 home games, UO presents volume IV:
Portland State. [eDuck Sports]
Washington St. [BPR=88]
Jason for Heisman? Gess-not. As the
Coug defense was trampled underfoot by frosh phenom Maurice
Clarett, the Hawaiian QB could only wonder how his offense
stalled at 7. It would appear that Wazzu's weakness from
last year still remains, so look for future teams to exploit
it. No, Montana State will not be one of them.
Perhaps I was little hard on Petey last week.
Perhaps he has a legitimate chance at contending for the Rose
Bowl this year. Or perhaps (and most likely) the
Colorado Buffaloes showed us why you shouldn't take the field
intoxicated. Not since Mork and Mindy hung from the
goalposts have Boulder fans been too embarrassed to look.
For kal, the win in East Lansing was filled with
firsts. It was their first win over a top 15 team since
1974. Kyle Boller became the first player in Pac-10
history to receive, run and throw for a TD in the same game.
And finally, the Gummi Bears are 3-0 for the first time since
the Oski costume was last washed. All of this new
enthusiasm is tempered by the fact that Berserkeley is
idly by, the Pups saw their SOS take a hit when Big Blue and
Not-so-big Blue (SJSU) dropped their contests on Saturday.
If they don't want their BPR to follow suit, the Mush Mutts
need to put Wyoming away early this weekend.
Normally, the neon-orange jerseys worn by
Oklahoma State cause disorientation for opponents.
However, Bobby's Boobs had no such problem, as many of his
players have worn suits of the same color serving their
community service along LA's highways. The Bru-crew will
look to extend the conference's recent dominance over Colorado
in the Rose Bowl. [Bruin Report Online]
Oregon St. [BPR=81]
the competition has been less than stellar, new Beaver
signal-caller Derek Anderson appears to be a star in the
making. Outscoring opponents 131-30 to date, Anderson
and Co. will look to exact some revenge on now-turned pumpkin
Fresno State. Certainly more entertaining than the game
will be the Hatfield and McCoy type of hooliganism that is
sure to transpire between the Bulldog and Beaver Backers.
in true Cardinal fashion, Stanford followed a tough loss with
a big win. Having handed Sannizay its arse for two straight
years now, maybe the wins will quell the noise from the fans
of this soon-to-be Division II school. Regardless,
Stanford will wait a week before heading to the Setting Sun
State with hopes of dropping a third straight 50 spot on Los
Arizona St. [BPR=72]
the Devils, how in the Hell did ASU whoop up so bad on the
Aztecs despite allowing 550 yards? Part of the reason
was the 2nd half insertion of QB Andrew Walter who replaced
the horribly ineffective Matt Christensen. The
BootComputer was all over this switch last week, so pay
attention next time Dirk. [DevilsDigest.com]
Not since Jason Gardner was accused of
shoplifting has there been this big of a controversy in
Tucson. In the waning seconds of the game last Saturday
night, Utah appeared to have scored the go-ahead TD on a pass
near the back of the end zone. That is, until head ref
Jim Fogltance ruled the WR out of bounds. So what's the
problem? Fogltance just happens to be a native of
Tucson, currently resides in Tucson and is a big time booster
to the University. This is wrong on so many levels.