BootPowerRatings™ - 10/14

TreeBoy's BootPowerRatings reflect the balance of power in the Pac-10: USC is way ahead of the pack and the Washington schools lag far behind. But in the middle, only five BootPowerPoints separate No. 2 Cal from No. 6 Arizona. With the middle of the league beating itself bloody, TreeBoy tries to make some sense out of Left Coast football.

Below are our exclusive BootPowerRatings of the Pac-10 Conference. Each week during the football season, we will release our secret formula rating all the Pac-10 teams. The BootPowerRating (BPR) is calculated by utilizing a range of factors rumored to include: past results, statistics, common-opponent comparative results, 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. USC  93 (Last: 92)

In what has been a brutal year for Pac X quarterbacks, Matt Sanchez's ailing knee coaxed three of $C's five turnovers by way of the INT.  Or, this was Petey Bird's way of forcing his defense to sack up after consecutive uninspiring performances.  Either way, the win meant the Baby Blockers jumped back to No. 4 in the polls and back into the National Championship discussion.  The impending massacre in the Palouse on Saturday just might showcase the biggest talent discrepancy since Tom Hanks worked on the set of Bosom Buddies.

2. kal 84 (Last: 81)

The weenies are in second place more by default than any doing of their own.  Whenever the deck is shuffled in the conference, kal abstains with one of their bye weeks (how many do they get anyway?).  You know what they say about idle hands though, and the last time a ranked Berkeley team went into Tucson, it came up empty-pawed.

3. Stanford 83 (Last: 75)

In what was a must-win game for a realistic shot at a 13th game, the good guys gutted one out, thanks in large part to new campus hero Alex Loukas.  Having their way with the nasties that line up across from them, Stanford's offensive line is in search of a nickname and taking names at the same time.  Speaking of names, they should rename the Red Zone the Card Zone as The Trees are a league best 19 of 21 on their scoring opportunities inside the 20.

4. Oregon 82 (Last: 80)

Soregon nearly screwed the pooch vs. El Lay as their D was flummoxed by a Norm Chow late-game curveball.  After the onsides kick was recovered, a collective sigh of relief resounded through Autzen and all was forgiven.  More concerning to the Feathered Faithful has to be the reduction of the spread attack to the single wing, as if UO quarterbacks weren't vulnerable enough already.  If it seems as though the Duck BPR is too low, consider that two-thirds of their conference wins have come against the Apple State schools.

5. Oregon State 81 (Last: 79)

Before you scold the Beavs for taking advantage of WSU in a criminal way, remember that it wasn't very long ago that they were the conference whipping varmint.  Besides, Lyle Moevao's four interceptions are either grounds for a point-shaving investigation, or a case for backup Sean Canfield to see some action against U Dub.

6. Arizona 79 (Last: 87)

Before having their paper-tiger tails ripped to shreds by Stanford, Zona was bitten by the running-back bug in their only loss, proving to be an omen that more should have seen coming.  Maybe more surprising was the paltry 16 points Willie T and Co. brought to the table, done in by their red zone ineptness.  Perhaps the lone bright spot in defeat was the emergence of wideout Terrell Turner, who benefited mightily from the attention drawn by "Gronk" and Mike Thomas.

7. Arizona State 66 (Last: 69)

It would be easy to chalk up the Stunned Devils' recent scoring woes to MVP Rudy Carpenter's hobbled wheel, but that's only part of the problem.  I don't have the answers for the rest (and, apparently, neither does Dennis Erickson's staff) but the sad fact is the ASU has only averaged 11 points per game during this current win drought.  Kudos to their defense for not throwing in the towel in Compton, but in hindsight maybe they should have saved their energy.  A week off provides an opportunity to retool and heal up before they tangle with the Duckies.

8. UCLA  53 (Last: 55)  

Thought to be in a coma (turns out it was just an intense nap), Norm Chow was left alone until he regained consciousness for the start of the fourth quarter.  By then the lead was insurmountable and the Ruins felt the familiar sting of another loss, on the field and on the roster, as top WR Terrence Austin was gurneyed away after a spine-tingling hit.  No time to get skiddish as the Bay Area Bruisers invade the Rose Bowl this Saturday.

9. Washington 28 (Last: 28)

As can be witnessed from any angle, this season has accelerated the graying process for Ty "a yellow ribbon 'round my eyes" Willingham.  If the lackluster play of his recruits aren't enough to make his follicles suicidal, scathing editorials from booster websites just might be doing the trick.  The Sheriff remains optimistic though, telling anyone who will listen that Washington can still finish with a winning season.  Perhaps someone should point 'Rone towards the Myopia Department on campus.

10. Washington State 21 (Last: 26)

The hapless Cougs' latest emasculation has sent Paul Wulff to the intramural fields in Pullman to look for help.  Never mind that they had more penalty yards than net offensive yards, or that they were outscored 39-0 in the second half, or that they were outgained 548 to 132 or.... wait, where was I going with this?  At least the hoops squad is more than respectable these days.

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