9/17 BootPowerRatings™

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.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™

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.

1. Oregon
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]
2. Washington St.
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.  [Cougfan.com]
3. USC
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.  [WeAreSC.com]
4. California
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 bowl-ineligible. [CyberBears]
5. Washington
Sitting 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. [Dawgman.com]
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]
7. Oregon St.
Although 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.  [BeaverFootball.com]
8. Stanford
Rebounding 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 Diablos.   [TheBootleg.com]
9. Arizona St.
Speak of 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]
10. Arizona
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.  [CatTracks.net]

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