BootPowerRatings™ - 11/7

Buck up, campers. The good news is that the BootComputer places the Card at 8th this week, and Tree Boy has found plenty of comedy to quip all over the wacky West Coast. Read on for Wazzu motivational secrets, cal's impending change in NCAA status and an open message to Dennis Erickson. Enjoy!

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 11/6/02

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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.
Nature tells us that a wounded animal is very dangerous.  This was the case in Pullman, as Wazzu walloped upstart ASU and now stand alone atop Mount Pac-10.  Impressed by the way his team responded to adversity last week, head cat Mike Price intentionally ran over Jason Gesser as he was leaving practice Tuesday.  []
2. USC
Apparently the Trojan AD used the off week to launch a Carson Palmer for Heisman campaign, cleverly naming it "The Carson Show."  Doing his best Ed McMahon impression is Pete Carroll, who had this to say about his QB: "We are crossing our fingers that the NCAA will grant him our requested 9th year of eligibility."  []
3. Oregon
The Quack is back?!?  So would the feathered faithful like you to believe, but a big win over the Cardinal is nothing to boast about.  One can only wonder how much sleep the U of Slow secondary is losing this week, as the Cougar offense haunts their dreams.  The Mallards racked up record numbers on the ground last year and kept WSU from claiming the conference crown.  As Confucius once said, payback's a bitch.  [eDuck Sports]
4. Arizona St.
Although the clock struck 12 on Dirk's Demons last Saturday, those Dirty Devils still have Holiday Bowl aspirations.  I mean, what better way is there to escape the searing December heat in Tempe than to head to frosty San Diego?  The Sugg-O-Meter is holding still at 18.5, but the conference record of 19 sacks is well within Baby Face's reach.  []
Holy Toledo, what is happening in El Lay?  Instead of their usual routine of midseason gaffe followed by utter collapse, the Bru Crew is showing moxie, and appear to be headed for a bowl game not played on blue turf.  There is still an opportunity for a huge meltdown in Tucson this week, so stay tuned.  [Bruin Report Online]
6. Oregon St.
Still jockeying for bowl position of their own, the Rats could play spoiler to either UO or Wazzu along the way.  Not only that, this weekend's game in Seattle provides the chance to crush the Huskies in consecutive years.  The BootComputer says, "Kick 'em while they're down, Dennis!"  []
7. Washington
With the stake driven further into their purple hearts, Yoo-Dub and their fans can bleed clean and free as they spiral down the path to their first losing season in 26 years.  This dubious distinction seems inevitable for Ricky, as the Dawg's next 3 opponents are the Northwest's finest, starting with those lovable Beavs.  []
8. Stanford
The bright spots are becoming fewer and further between for SU.  Saturday's beat-down in Autzen was witnessed first hand by the truly die-hard Cardinalmaniacs, who are finding out just how hard it is to see the forest through the Trees.  Funny how being tied with Washington at this point in the year would have seemed like a good thing 8 weeks ago.  []
9. Arizona
The Woeful-cats offense ran into a dam in Corvallis, as they put up Stanfordesque numbers, minus the rushing attack of course.  Looking towards the future, Johnny Mack promises more snaps for freshman QB Nic Costa, noting his ability to make something out of nothing.  Costa certainly has plenty of nothing with which to work.  []
-- California
[BPR=N/A, On Probation]
Let's take a look into the crystal ball for a moment.  This Friday, the NCAA lifts the bowl ban on the weenies, who parlay the momentum into back to back losses to the Arizona schools.  Desperately needing a win to reach that qualifying six mark, kal gets axed for the 8th straight year, and Tedford relocates to East Lansing.  [CyberBears]

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