BootPowerRatings™ - 10/2

Don't think that the glum dispositions of Cardinalmaniacs™ in the wake of Saturday's dehumanizing loss have had any effect on either the BootComputer or Tree Boy. Both are working like clockwork and have produced this week's ratings and rants on the conference. For a little levity this week, make sure to check out the ups and downs across the Pac-10.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™

As of 10/01/02

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
The idle water fowl became the only undefeated team in the conference last week after those other water creatures dropped their first game.  As they prepare to fly south, they can take comfort in knowing their opponent doesn't even have enough healthy bodies to hold an intra-squad scrimmage. [eDuck Sports]
2. Washington St.
After sputtering and squirming his way through a rough first half, Jason Gesser went into the locker room to receive an herbal treatment for his sore ribs.   Whatever it was it worked, as the Cougs rolled up 39 second half points on kal, a team also under the influence of an herb indigenous to Berkeley.  Now it's back home to the Palouse for a pivotal, Pac-10 prance with the Southern Gals.   []
3. USC
History was on the Toejams' side Saturday, as they hadn't dropped a Coliseum contest to OSU in 40 years.  Strapped with a label of "undersized," Pete's defenders are playing with reckless abandon, much like the way they abandon their school work.  No time to skip studying this week, as the toughest test of the year awaits in Pullman.  []
4. Washington
You have to wonder if the NCAA is really counting the stats accumulated by the sled pullers lately.  Yeah, they played Michigan, but Sannizay, Wyoming and Idaho don't exactly test your mettle.  In any event, consecutive home games with kal and 'Zona will keep Pickett on track for 4,500 yards and 30 TD's.  []
5. Oregon St.
If Saturday was any indication, the Corvallis Chompers' season revolves around the health of QB Derek Anderson.  That, and the ability of their receivers to actually catch and hold onto a pass.  The Beavs get to swallow all of El Lay in one bite, as those bumbling Bruins come bounding into Reser stadium on Saturday.  []
6. Arizona St.
For the Scum Devils, revenge is a dish best served hot.  Unleashing repressed anger from 2 years' worth of pounding, ASU exploited every possible weakness they could find in a listless Cardinal squad.  Get used to hearing the phrase "Walters to McDonald," as both players are stars in the making.  A first ever encounter with the Tar Heels allows the Demons to take a conference breather.  []
The Bruins' win over the Aztecs provided a nice under card for the Patriots-Chargers game, but that's about it.  I don't know what is a more depressing thought: that Cory Paus is still starting, or that these two teams might meet in the Silicon Valley Bowl with identical 6-6 records.   [Bruin Report Online]
8. California
Having seemingly rebounded from the debacle against Air Force, kal was on track to pick up their first conference win in nearly two years.  Unfortunately the 3rd quarter was not kind, and now the Weenies stare down the barrel of another O-fer in Pac-10 play.  Time to fill the Molden Bearmobile up with gas and head for Seattle.  [CyberBears]
9. Stanford
For the Cardinal, last weekend's daymare can be summed up on one play, where punter Eric Johnson was forced to down his own kick.  Unable to impose any will on a lethal ASU passing attack, the _efense wilted and took the _ffense down with them.  The regrouping period must be brief, as Stanford heads into South Bend looking to shoot the Sheriff.  []
10. Arizona
After losing star CB Michael Jolivette for the season, the Mildcats suffered another setback when scamp back Clarence Farmer went down in a near defeat to those trumpet blowers from North Texas.  In total, Mackovic has 12 players on the walking wounded list, and more are sure to be added when Oregon attacks this weekend.  []

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