The Return of BootPowerRatings™

This week's BootPowerRatings™ (BPRs) for Pac-10 hoops reflect an extremely impressive, top-to-almost-bottom performance from the Pac-10 in pre-conference action. USA Today computer guru Jeff Sagarin ranks the "Conference of Champions" as the clear leaders of the land, well ahead of the Big 12 and ACC.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 1/9/08

Below are our exclusive BootPowerRatings™ of the Pac-10 conference. Each week during the basketball season, we will release our secret-formula rating of all teams of the Pac-10. The BootPowerRating™ (BPR) is calculated by utilizing a wide range of factors rumored to include: past results, statistics, common-opponent comparative results factor, strength-of-schedule, home-venue environment, cheerleader attitude and an unrevealed school spirit multiplier. The resulting rating score falls within a 1-100 scale, where 100 approximates a championship-bound team and a score of 1 is somewhere south of D-1.

Not counting their recent games vs. the Bruins, Stanford and Cal are a combined 22-3 overall and 17-1 at home. Of course the Bay Area sweep does count, and that is why Ben's Bullies™ start at the head of the class. As if they needed the help, put Russell Westbrook on the "most improved player" shortlist.  [Bruin Report Online]
2. Washington St.
Cougs move to 13-0 with their sixth-straight win over their in-state rivals. The mere 52 points they allowed to previously high-scoring UW actually raised their season average to 49.8 points allowed per game. Rock solid, yet unwatchable - except for this Saturday, when they visit Pauley for a nationally televised showdown.  []
3. Stanford
Continuing the theme of "defense wins championships," the Beloved Cardinal come off a grueling home split with the Smoggy Safety Schools™. UCLA's 76 points was only the second time all season an opponent managed to surpass 61 points against our ferocious forest. How Siena netted 79 remains a mystery ranking up there with Dane Cook's popularity. Offensive offense against USC scored just enough to snag the "W". []
4. California
An argument could be made for any of the next five teams in any order. Weenies get the nod because they are the only squad without a "bad" loss. As usual, rooting for them to have just enough success for Ben-Lite™ to keep his job.  [The Bear Insider]
5. Oregon
Pulled off a what used to be an unusual split in the desert, losing to ASU before soundly bombing Arizona. PG Joevan Catron is out for a few weeks, but the Ducks have plenty of other funky names to pick up the slack (Malik, Bryce, Tajuan, Maarty and Kamyron started vs. Zona).  [eDuck]
6. USC
Ahead of Arizona by the width of Tim Floyd's ethics manual, the "not as young as their class years would suggest" Trojans got a rude awakening to life on the road in the Pac-10. The Mayonettes scored 50 second-half points in a shootout loss on the grungy side of the Bay. That was followed by a mere 46 points and a whopping 23 turnovers in a loss at Roscoe Maples Pavilion. Close losses to heavyweights Kansas and Memphis showed the talent is there, but inexperience assures a wild ride.  [SCPlaybook]
7. Arizona
I must also give the Mildcats credit for two tough road loses, as they gave Kansas their toughest test of the season and hung around with Memphis. A bad home loss and the continued absence of flashy frosh Jerryd Bayless leave the Cats on shaky sand.  []
8. Arizona St.
With a bullet. The only things preventing the Solar Satans from jumping several spots are history and their lack of a single win away from home. Pendergraph and Harden may be the country's most unknown dynamic duo. Expect the crowd at Wednesday night's home game vs. Arizona to be a tad rowdy.  []
9. Washington
How tough is the conference when this very solid team is way down here? Huskies have become the Cougar's [insert name for female dog here], and their tough pre-conference schedule left them with a fistful of losses. Things don't get any easier with the El Lay roadie this week, so the W-L record won't improve anytime soon.  []
10. Oregon St.
Beavers filled their schedule with patsies. It didn't help. Massive Kansas transfer CJ Giles will help, but it is hard to see where a conference win will come from (knock on The Tree, as we are next up).  []

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