BootPowerRatings - 10/23

With a few surprise results in last weekend's conference action, there has been a shake-up in the BPRs. The BootComputer has named a new #1, while Tree Boy has renewed his lashings of an old whipping boy. Read on for these much-heralded ratings and priceless commentaries.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 10/23/02

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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. Washington St.
A week off to rest, a bold move into first, an 8th place standing in the initial BCS rankings, and a weekend date with conference slut Arizona.  Life is good for Wazzu... maybe too good.  []
2. Oregon
Remorseful are those who do not heed warnings from the Boot Computer.  Even Mike Belotti couldn't hide the open wound that is the Duck secondary, as they yielded record setting numbers to the Torch Devils.  After a similar loss to Stanford last year, Sore-gon rebounded with a big win in Pullman.  Similar resiliency will be needed to hold of the hard-charging ponies from Troy.  [eDuck Sports]
3. USC
The latest squad to take advantage of UW's down year, $C scored 27 unanswered points en route to their biggest win over the Purple Pansies in nearly 30 years.  Curtailing Pete's giddiness is the cold fact that this weeks contest is in Autzen, which for the last 2 seasons has been a house of horrors for the Trojanz.  []
4. Arizona St.
Proving that passing reigns supreme in the Pac-10, Andrew Walter and crew are scorching the field to the tune of 400 yards per game.  Now ranked in the Top 25,  'dem Demons won't be overlooked by future opponents anymore.  In fact they now have to wear the conference leader target on their backs.  []
5. Washington
Ricky, don't lose that number to the unemployment office.  Your failure to develop any semblance of a running game has finally caught up to you, and the problem is only compounded by those pinball bumpers you call defenders. Oh yeah, and then there are those NCAA violations too.  Good luck vs. ASU this weekend.  []
It was hard to tell which snap coming out of California was louder: Corey Paus' ankle or Toledo's last leg.  Now in complete panic mode, Bobby is burning redshirts at a record pace, including his most recent victim, who will be prematurely thrust into the starting QB role.  Look for Bob to be pumping gas in D.C. by season's end.  [Bruin Report Online]
7. Oregon St.
After spending the entire off-week breaking down film from the ASU game, Erickson and his staff still could not figure out what caused the breakdown in the final minute.  Of course, these are the same Mensa members who needed help getting out of the Chinese finger trap.  []
8. Stanford
As the defense evolves into the wrecking crew Cardinalmaniacs™ envisioned, the offense has unexpectedly turned into the Fun N Run.  Whatever gets you wins, though, and this combination did just that as Stanford beat the Mildcats on the Farm for the first time since the Denny Green era.  []
9. Arizona
Is there such a thing as a must-lose game?  There is if you want out of a bad situation fast.   Considering the amount he is being paid in relation to the job he has done, Johnny Mack might as well be walking those sidelines in a coffin.  I guess he can always go back to being Lee Corso's lackey.  []
-- California
[BPR=N/A, On Probation]
Other than helping out their Bay Area brethren, the Weenies didn't do much else in their win over that other UC school on Saturday night.  It would be fitting if kal's banner year in football were strapped with an asterisk along with the denial of a bowl opportunity.  The karma from the Screw of '82 is the gift that keeps on giving.  [CyberBears]

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