BootPowerRatings™ - 10/9

So you say a 1-3 start, more turnovers than your corner bakery, and the recent carnage by admissions have ya down? Good thing the newest BPRs are just a click away, with enough jibes and jabs at our conference brethren to chase the gray skies away. Now if only the BootComputer could throw a good ball and cover on kick returns...

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™

As of 10/08/02

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
To make it interesting, Mike Belotti decided to spot the Mildcats a two touchdown lead to start the game.  It didn't work, as no one cared anyway, and the Quacks didn't quite dominate the way they did last year.  Already homesick, Whore-gon will put their winning streak on the line in Pasadena this weekend. [eDuck Sports]
2. Washington St.
For the second week in a row, Mike Price needed to whip out his rally monkey to pull the game out.  It would appear that the Cougs have the best mix of offense and defense in the conference, but the loss suffered in Columbus prevents them from leapfrogging the U of O in the BPR's.  []
3. USC
Falling victim to their opponents' primate mojo, $C failed to capitalize on their chance to seize control of the run for the roses.  A missed PAT and a boneheaded sack taken by 12th year senior Carson Palmer in OT were the crushing blows.  The party balloons will look to rebound against the UC probationary squad.  []
After the Westwood Bears lost to Colorado a few weeks back, many wondered if that would be the beginning of the end for the coach.  Shockingly, Toledo managed to get his minions to respond, racking up yards, points and more importantly, wins.   A win over the Ducks just might buy Bobby another year between the headphones.   [Bruin Report Online]
5. Washington
After so many close calls with kal, the Purple Pups finally dropped one.  As if that wasn't bad enough, late breaking news out of Seattle confirms what the BootComputer has suspected for years: Neuweasal is a cheat.  Good thing the U-Dub signed him to an extension a month ago.  []
6. Oregon St.
Since an 0-for-LA cost the River Rodents a chance at the conference crown, they can now shift their focus to more reasonable goals, like a 30% graduation rate this year.  Hopefully they won't look to their next opponent in Tempe for a model on how to achieve that academic milestone.  []
7. Arizona St.
Only the Solar Satans could nearly double the yardage of their competition… and still lose.  Terrell "Baby Face" Suggs and company couldn't keep the Tar Holes off the field long enough for Andrew Walter to deliver a final pay dirt package.  That shouldn't be a problem this weekend against a struggling Beaver team.  []
8. Stanford
The adventure known as special teams got even wackier in South Bend.  First, Alex Smith blocks a FG attempt by Michael Sgroi, and then the punt team allows a 90-yard kick return, only to have it called back due to a roughing the center penalty.  Huh?  These miscues are just a microcosm of what has gone wrong in Buddy's inaugural campaign.  Sadly, the schedule gets tougher from here on out, starting with Wazzu on Saturday.  []
9. Arizona
The good news is that no more names were added to Mackovic's Maimed List.  The bad news is that even while injured, those players are still better than the healthy ones.  Until they show some improvement, the Wusscats will remain feet and ankles below the rest of the league.  []
-- California
It took a while, but the NCAA paperwork finally came across the desks of the BootComputer programmers, resulting in the removal of kal from the BPR's. Although their rating is no longer calculable, the comment section is left unfettered.  [CyberBears]

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