BootPowerRatings™ - 11/05

The Card climb from 76 to 80 in the latest Boot Power Ratings, while kal, Oregon and Oregon State get all shook up, Arizona and USC maintain their ranks, and the Washington schools' scores drop as low as ever. TreeBoy's rationale, humor and analysis is all here... read on!

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)

The Southern Gals dispatch the Washington schools and watch their BCS stock rise as other title contenders beat each other up in games people actually want to watch.  Their defense pitched another shutout (making half of their Pac X opponents swallow a goose egg so far) and their offense woke up from the 'Zona slumber to score at will-ingham.  Still, a lot of work and many pitfalls remain as Petey marches his boys towards Glendale.

2. kal 83 (Last: 79)

This week the weenies take their shot at number two in the BPR's, which every previous occupant subsequently surrendered after arriving there.  kal is guaranteed to be somewhere else next week as they square off with those plucky Trojans in a game that might decide who dons the conference crown.  The revolving door that is the QB situation in Berzerkeley took a day off when Kevin Riley went down early with a concussion, but playing time is still up for grabs, much like a Kevin Craft pass.

3. Oregon State 82 (Last: 81)

Since their shocker over $C, the River Rats have been feasting on the dregs of the Pac X, culminating this Saturday with a trip to Pasadena for a date with El Lay.  Up until Lyle Moevau jammed his shoulder in the first half against ASU, the Beavs had been the beneficiaries of reliable, injury-free QB play; a concept foreign to every other conference team to date.  No worries as Sean Canfield, the projected starter coming into the year, took the wheel and steered the ship clear of the upset iceberg.

4. Oregon 81 (Last: 86)

The curse of the top 25 continued for Team Nike as they slipped and fell out of the polls for the third time this year.  Maybe they need to stick with one version of their self-reported 68 different uniform combinations, if for nothing else than the sake of my eyes.  When you force five turnovers you can usually expect more than six points in return, but equally sloppy play on the offensive side of the ball held them well below their season average of 41.5 points.

5. Stanford 80 (Last: 76)

What kinds of things can you do when a team of Wazzu's caliber is your opponent?  Have a running back score four TD's in one half, shutout a Pac-10 opponent for the first time in 34 years, get playing time for anyone eligible and not in street clothes...you get the idea.  This was a welcome sight for Cardinalmaniacs, who have been on the other end of these drubbings too many times during the post-Willingham, pre-Harbaugh dark ages.  Too bad the torrential downpour kept too many casual viewers from witnessing a near-flawless performance, as they would have left with the impression that Stanford was one of the best teams in the country.

6. Arizona 79 (Last: 80)

The Mild kitties currently bring up the rear in the Packed-10 race for bowl games.  They are one of six teams that can honestly say that they were or are one game away from being in the drivers seat for the Rose Bowl, but just as easily might end up in the Poinsettia Bowl.  The week off provided an opportunity to pour over the stat sheets, which show wideout Mike Thomas needing about 400 yards and four touchdowns to become the school's all-time leader in those categories.  It's no coincidence that his arrival in Tucson, like Willie Tuitama's, came when the spread offense was implemented.

7. Arizona State 58 (Last: 60)

Things sure do get ugly when teams are losing.  ASU seemed to be in a perfect position to end their five-game schnide as they came out with some inspired play in Corvallis, but five trips into the red zone yielded only one touchdown, and the Chump Devils finished three points shy of the upset.  After the game, Rudy Carpenter fielded questions about the team's inability to hit paydirt and responded with, "I'm not Coach Erickson so I don't know--I just run the offense."  Perhaps young Rudy isn't happy with the play calling, or maybe the nagging leg injuries are just making him cranky.

8. UCLA  55 (Last: 55)  

Don't give up just yet Bruin fans, as this week's visit from OSU has upset alert flashing all over it.  The coaches know they have to push all of their chips into the pile if they want to keep postseason hopes alive, and they have had two weeks to prepare.  In addition to that motivation, fUcla has played their best ball in The Rose Bowl, and the precarious nature of the Beavers QB situation makes this a dangerous minefield to navigate through.

9. Washington State 14 (Last: 17)

The Cougs have officially crossed the line from historically bad to comically bad.  Here are some figures to cause you to shake your head in disbelief:

       - The average final score of their Pac-10 games has been 59-5
       - They have been outscored 172-0 since their last touchdown
       - Kevin Lopina, the QB who has logged the most minutes, had zero TD's, eight INT's, and his longest pass is 23 yards
       - Portland State is demanding a rematch. 

10. Washington 12 (Last: 16)

Good thing the BCS took the margin of victory computation out of their formula, eh Tyrone?  Down 42-0 at half, the Huskies benefited from the mercy rule and avoided a loss of epic proportions.  U Dubb will have plenty of opportunities to pick up their first "dubb" of the season, with ASU, UCLA and WSU on the horizon.  We already know that the team has stopped playing for their coach, but the next three weeks will show us if they have any pride left as well.


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