odd stat for every program. Read on and cheer up with talk of rioting Arizona fans, Neuheisal on the hot seat and more."> odd stat for every program. Read on and cheer up with talk of rioting Arizona fans, Neuheisal on the hot seat and more.">

BootPowerRatings™ - 10/30

Take your eyes off those pesky passing statistics for a moment (and c'mon, "offense" is like such a '90s thing), and join us for a few moments of levity with this week's BPRs. Tree Boy has some sharp shots for everyone in the conference, plus this week his own <i>odd stat</i> for every program. Read on and cheer up with talk of rioting Arizona fans, Neuheisal on the hot seat and more.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 10/30/02

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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.
Before the season started, Saturday's matchup with ASU was probably not circled by any member of the Cougs, but as it stands now, the winner of this game could be headed to Pasadena.  Odd stat: Kicker Drew Dunning is better from 40-49 yards (4-7) than he is from 20-29 yards out (3-6).  [Cougfan.com]
2. USC
Apparently Carson "Geritol" Palmer's decade spent at $C is finally paying dividends.  The old man broke the Oregon game wide open in the 3rd quarter by leading the Toejams to 4 TD's in 6 minutes.  Odd stat: Hulking fullback Brandon Hancock has more yards receiving (15) than he does rushing (8).  [WeAreSC.com]
3. Arizona St.
Ironically the hottest team in the Pac-10 is indeed the hottest team in the Pac-10.  With their domination of the Wusskies last week, the Tempe Torches remained tied with the better Washington school, setting up the big showdown in Pullman on Saturday.  All the heat they can muster will be needed as temperatures are forecasted to be in the low teens.  Odd stat: 3rd string QB is named Andy Goodenough[DevilsDigest.com]
4. Oregon
To find out the last time Oregon lost consecutive home games I had to go back further than the Duck corners play off receivers.  It has gotten so bad in Eugene that locals have ditched the "Gang Green" moniker and replaced it with "Ground Only Please."  If this trend continues against Stanford, Bellotti may have to break out that experimental defense where the line drops off into coverage.  Odd stat: Despite being 6-2, UO is the worst defensive team in the conference (397.1 ypg).  [eDuck Sports]
Who knew true freshman Matt Moore would show so much poise in his first collegiate start?  Who knew that little Tyler Ebell would be such a running force?  With hope still flickering for a successful season, Bobby brings his boys up to Mont Lake this weekend, where a win just might keep him around longer than the Ugly Weasel.  Who knew?  Odd stat: El Lay's quintet of QBs have a higher efficiency rating than Cody Pickett.  [Bruin Report Online]
6. Oregon St.
After 2 weeks of deliberations, the Beaver staff came up with a foolproof strategy to combat their final minute weakness on offense: put the defense on the field.   Don't look now, but Steven Jackson is quickly gaining ground on Onterio Smith as the conference's best ball carrier.  Odd stat: 9 different defenders have INTs this year.  [BeaverFootball.com]
7. Washington
What Rick Nueheisal said after the loss to ASU: "This team has no one to turn to but themselves."  What he should have said: "I'm surprised this team hasn't turned on me yet."  As their play gets progressively worse, the sled dogs have to be concerned about the mental stability of the whip cracker.  Odd stat: UW boasts the top passing game in the Pac-10, but are next to last in scoring.  [Dawgman.com]
8. Stanford
Capitalizing on Bruin miscues, the Card jumped out to an early 15-0 lead in Westwood.  The momentum died quickly though, as the anemic passing "attack" sputtered yet again, producing an eye popping 20 yards in the 2nd half.  The cure for this ailment might be a beleaguered Mallard _efense hiding in Autzen, where magic took place just a year ago. Odd stat: The team formerly known as the Indians leads the league in 2 point conversions.  [TheBootleg.com]
9. Arizona
The effort was there in the 21-13 loss to Wazzu, but you don't get points for effort.  You also don't get paid if your team doesn't win (unless your name is Tom Holmoe) and winning has been a foreign policy in Tucson this year.  Odd stat: More students were hurt in a riot that broke out during advanced basketball ticket sales than the combined number of students this year who have shown up to a football game sober.  [CatTracks.net]
-- California
[BPR=N/A, On Probation]
In hindsight, the loss to Air Force wasn't that bad, but on the same token, the win over Michigan State wasn't that impressive.  While Berserkeley fans continue to worry that their hunky new boyfriend will dump them for a prettier girl, their miracle season is slowly circling the drain.  Odd stat: No one cares about weenie numbers, so here is one for the entire conference - no team has returned a kickoff for a touchdown yet.  [CyberBears]

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