BootPowerRatings™ - 11/13

The Pac-10 season has just a couple of heavyweight rounds remaining, and that leaves the BPRs still in flux. The BruCrew make a move up, though the gap between the top two and the rest of the conference is large. Read on for the latest commentaries and proprietary ratings around the best of the West.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings™
As of 11/13/02

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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.
After hurdling Oregon in stride, the Cougs continue to carry the Pac-10 torch in the BCS marathon.   Another bye week for the Pullman Plowboys before they take on Ricky's Rovers in the storied Apple Cup.  []
2. USC
As the Emerson, Lake and Palmer tour continues in the west, the Toejams are starting to make blips on the national radar.  Trying to keep his players out of the spotlight, Ol' Pete must have cringed when WR Mike Williams was quoted as saying, "I didn't go to class at the beginning of the semester because I didn't understand the importance."  Well, winning certainly puts things into perspective, doesn't it Mike?  []
Somewhat forgotten in this unpredictable season, the Bruisens are in position to have their best season in five years.  Although still mathematically alive in the Rose Bowl hunt, their last two games with $C and WSU will probably be the last time they roll in Pasadena sod.  [Bruin Report Online]
4. Oregon
Well the new mascot didn't do anything to stop the bleeding, so maybe the renewal of an ugly rivalry will.  That's right, those lovable Fuskies have a date in Autzen this weekend. As the Ducks' season continues to migrate south, Eugene natives become more and more excited about all of those Ernie Kent sightings.  [eDuck Sports]
5. Arizona St.
Like most fads, the Devils burned hot and fast and have apparently fizzled out quickly. Coach Koetter hasn't helped matters by pushing the "abort" button on his run game, placing all of the pressure squarely on his young QB's shoulders.  Quite a challenge lies ahead in Compton this weekend as the Solar Satans look to avoid their third straight non-win.  []
6. Oregon St.
After gift-wrapping five passes for UW, QB Derek Anderson wisely removed himself from the game by twisting his ankle.  The backup wanted no part of that debacle, so he promptly removed himself by spraining his finger.  Losers of seven straight in the conference away from home, the Rodents hit the road with a green signal caller leading the way.  No worries though, as their next stop is in Palo Alto.  []
7. Washington
Having prolonged the inevitable for one more week, the Mutts head for Oregon to face a team in desperate need of a victory.  Based on defensive performances so far this year, one can expect this game to go at least four hours.  Oh by the way, Cody Picked-off needs 157 yards to break Ryan Leaf's single season record.  []
8. Stanford
As the new ownership continues to put out fires, Buddy is still waiting for his team to string four solid quarters of football together.  Kyle Matter did his best Rich Gannon impression in the first half vs $C, but someone must have stolen his lucky arm band, as he misfired left and right in the second half. The countdown to eight straight axings begins now.  []
9. Arizona
Stalling for time until the alumni can pitch in enough money to buy out Mackovic's contract, AD Jim Livengood called players into his office one by one, letting them vent their frustrations about the last two seasons. The consensus was that the players were not responding to Johnny's closed door policy when it comes to player relations. When asked to comment on this, the coach said, "I only close the door to keep the cool air from escaping."  []
-- California
[BPR=N/A, On Probation]
Believe it or not, Saturday's win in Tempe marked the first time in kal history that the team defeated two ranked opponents on the road in the same season.  As the NCAA continues to delay their ruling on the weenie bowl ban, Jeff Tedford adds his name to bigger and better employment lists.  [CyberBears]

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