BootPowerRatings™ - 12/9

USC and Oregon pace the Pac-10, while the Washington schools sit in the caboose of our final BootPowerRatings. For Stanford, Tree Boy argues, next year rests largely upon an offensive line coach and a star tailback. Will they stay or will they go?

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 97 (Last: 95)

I can understand why Compton College wants to wear their home colors in Pasadena, as they have had more success on that field than the Ruins over the last five seasons.  As the Trojans prepare for their seventh straight BCS game, (two Orange, five Rose) you have to feel robbed by not getting to see Oklahoma's offensive machine match up against $C's unyielding defense.  It also robs us of a sporting chance to see Petey lose, as the Nittany Lions will surely be lambs in a slaughter.

2. Oregon 89 (Last: 84)

No matter what happens in the Holiday Bowl, it will be anti-climatic compared to the way Oregon finished off the regular season.  Running all over the rival Rats and keeping them out of the Rose Bowl had to be especially satisfying for Belotti and Crew, as they had to listen to local pundits refer to them as the second-page story all year.  In other news, Team Nike took a page from Texas' playbook by announcing OC Chip Kelley as the heir apparent to the Duck Throne.

3. Oregon State 82 (Last: 88)

Cry on you beautiful Beavs!  In what was the most important game in program history, the dam burst and Corvallis was flooded by tub toys named Johnson and Blount.  So what is the consolation prize for the Civil War runner-ups?  A trip to El Paso for the Juego del Sol.  Rumor has it Quacker Backers have arranged to have wilted roses placed on the pillows in the team hotel.

4. kal 80 (Last: 75)

Yeah the weenies got the Axe back.  A third place finish in the Pac X gets them a trip across the bridge for the Snack Nuts Bowl, which is a nice follow up to last year's Armed Forces Dance.  kal recruiting is on the decline, Tedford is getting frustrated and there is a storm cloud brewing over Strawberry Canyon.

5. Arizona 79 (Last: 76)

Congrats to the 'cats for ending a nine-year postseason drought, making it a five-some for the conference and ending their desert counterpart's modest bowl streak at five.  Ironically, 'Zona unveiled their new spread attack two seasons ago against BYU, whom they will face off against in Sin City, hoping for better results than the lone score they tallied during that genesis.  

6. Stanford 71 (Last: 74)

Now that the Andrew Luck Era has officially begun, Cardinalmaniacs can couple that news with eye popping recruiting class headed our way to make this winter seem not so cold and long.  If we can convince Toby and Dalman to sign on for the 2009 season, we could really pick up a head of steam and unload on the unsuspecting opponents.

7. Arizona State 60 (Last: 63)

A tidy way to summarize the ineptitude of the Solar Satans' offense is to state that they were outscored by their defense in their last three games.  The departure of Rudy Carpenter and no real weapons to reload with doesn't make for an optimistic offseason, but they do have their own Gerhart blocking up front, so that's something.

8. UCLA 48 (Last: 54)  

The Kevin Craft experiment might be over, which is a good thing for El Lay, and a bad thing for opposing DB's. Half of Craft's school record 20 interceptions were taken the distance for six, meaning he tossed up more touchdowns for the enemy than his own troops. The Ruin defense showed some promise as the season progressed, but if they can't put forth a better effort on the other side of the ball, it will be another excuse making season for Nueweasel.

9. Washington State 19 (Last: 13)

Who among us wasn't rooting for the scrappy Cougs in the Apple Cup?  I must admit watching their victory and ensuing celebration took some of the sting out of the Big Game loss, if only momentarily.  As for Wazzu, they did get to play their last game of the season in Hawaii, which in a way is like a bowl game, and I can't think if a more fitting ending to the lovable losers' 2008 campaign.

10. Washington 0 (Last: 7)

'Rone really knows how to go out in style, doesn't he?  Not only did he register the first ever zero in the Boot Power Rankings glorious history, but he pissed on the big purple fire hydrant by stating black coaches are only given the reigns to "downtrodden" programs.  Don James would be turning in his grave, if he weren't still alive.

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