BootPowerRatings - 10/17

It is getting harder and harder to sort out just who can do what in this conference, but fortunately the BootComputer can give you the most authoritative ratings around. Take 'em to your bookie today, and take Tree Boy's commentaries to the water cooler or your next tailgate.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 10/16/02

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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
Once again the Oregon Lucks parlayed an off day by a Bruin 'legger into a one point win.  Another missed kick 3,000 miles away prevented the UofO from boasting the nation's longest winning streak, so for now second place will have to suffice.  Big test for the green DB's against Aerial Strike U this weekend.  [eDuck Sports]
2. Washington St.
Biding their time until their showdown with Oregon, Price's Panthers are continuing the Pac-10 trend of riding your senior QB to the top.  Cougin' it with a week off, the large contingent of injured cats will use the rest to lick their wounds.  []
3. USC
Good news is that there is no instant replay in college.  Bad news is that DT Shaun Cody has been lost for the season.  Either way the rocking horse plods along, heading for a bowl game they hope is not sponsored by Sega.  []
4. Washington
Slick Ricky just may have some magic left in that wand yet.  No amount of smoke and mirrors can hide the gaping holes in the Husky defense though, and all of the pressure falls squarely on Cody Pickett, who must continue to put up gaudy stats to keep his team in the game.  Tall order with $C looming.  []
Imagine being Chris Griffith, watching your opponent kick a 57 yard FG just minutes after you had botched an extra point.  Tired of the moral victory shtick, Bobby busted out his devastating loss bit at the post game press conference.  He may be toast, but at least he's honest toast.  [Bruin Report Online]
6. Arizona St.
Before the season began, Arizona was the trendy dark horse pick.  The pundits had the state right, but they were looking too far south.  Coors Koetter has his boys playing above their heads, and his timing couldn't be better, as El Sol Diablos will infiltrate Autzen this weekend.  The BootComputer smells an upset.  []
7. Oregon St.
What happens when you run the two minute drill with only one minute left?  The Pelted Ones found out Saturday night, and it extended their skid to three straight.  After snuggling in with a 1st and goal on the eight, Derek Anderson engineered a three play, -24 yard drive, and then loafed around until the final 40 seconds ran off the clock.  Somebody check Erickson's bank activity for a wire transfer from Vegas.  []
8. Arizona
For the second straight year, the Kittens lost in the closing minutes in Seattle, only this time it wasn't Mackovic's fault.  Well, at least not entirely.  With kal no longer providing services as the cellar buffer, the game this weekend with Stanford will go a long way in determining who will fill that role.  []
9. Stanford
I think it is safe to say that Operation Cardinal is now on life support, and a loss to Arizona would be the proverbial pull of the plug.  Rumor has it that stadium attendants will be passing out thunder sticks at the gates on Saturday so fans will have something with which to beat themselves over the head after a frustrating play.  []
-- California
The Barely Bears are now making a habit of blowing significant halftime leads.  Even if kal struggles at home this week versus El Lay, the weenie fans can still spend the evening re-hashing that whole, "They stole our fight song" argument.  [CyberBears]

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