BootPowerRatings - 1/22

Another week, another set of upsets, another number of adjustments in the BPRs. Though Mike Montgomery said in his press conference that Arizona and ASU are likely the two best schools in the Pac, the BootComputer has different ideas. Check out the latest bumps and burps, including a rival's move ahead of Stanford in the ratings.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 1/22/03

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Below are our exclusive BootPowerRatings™ of the Pac-10 conference. Each week during the basketball 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-arena environment, cheerleader attitude and an unrevealed school spirit multiplier. The resulting rating score falls within a 1-100 scale, where 100 approximates a championship-bound team and a score of 1 is somewhere south of D-1.

1. Arizona
After surviving a minor scare in the Coliseum, the Kitties made sure there was no such drama when they dismantled the Ruins.  Talk is already buzzing about a possible undefeated conference season, but "Skin" Flute Olson wants no part of it.  Only one chance to extend that streak this weekend, as a side trip to Jayhawk territory looms.  []
2. California
Benefiting once again from the Card's ability to wear their opponents down, the barely bears are off to their best start since the Oski costume was last dry cleaned.  Apparently kal big man Gabriel Hughes has donated all of his points to Joe Shipp, as the center has not tickled the twine in three games.  [CyberBears]
3. Stanford
So far the Trees are 3-1 while Justin Davis nurses his knee back to health, but the loss to UW is no less painful.  Although Stanford has dominated fUcla in Westwood lately, they have not been able to say the same about defending their own wood.  Thursday provides a chance to not only rectify that mistake, but to pile on in an already miserable season for the Boo-Hoo'ins.  [The]
4. Arizona St.
Not able to complete the El Lay two-step, the Demons head back to Arizona, though a little further south then they would like.  Despite their early season success, ASU knows the true benchmark will be how well they play in Tucson.  Beyond that, Sun Devils players are free to watch the Pirate Bowl with the rest of us on Sunday.  []
5. Oregon
In some kind of reverse Sampson form, Luke Jackson groomed his mop and found his stroke, leading the bath toys to a couple of wins.  Still, you have to wonder if this will ever be the same team that was ranked as high as #5 in the polls after defeating Kansas.  [eDuck Sports]
6. Oregon St.
Still the tough luck kids, Corvallis Community College must be getting sick of moral victories.  If they keep up this kind of effort though, they will challenge for the right to get bounced by Arizona in the first round of the conference tourney.  [Beaver Sports Central]
7. USC
There aren't too many guys who will be able to look back on their college days and say they played in the Orange Bowl and hit game winning free throws.  Greg Guenther of the Trojenz will be able to do just that, as his charity stripe chucks kept $C's season from circling the drain so rapidly.  []
8. Washington
Determined not to let the infighting continue to poison team morale, first-year coach Lorenzo Romar instituted a zero tolerance policy.  So far it has worked and the Purple People Eaters are actually competitive.  Now they won't be lumped in with that other Washington team when the media refers to the cellar dwellers.  []
Spencer Gloger is looking smarter with each passing day.  Even the most avid Bruin haters couldn't have predicted a fall of this magnitude, and there doesn't appear to be any help on the way.  In years past, Lavin has been able to save the season by getting the team to rally around a win Maples.  Even that won't work this time, so don't expect much of a game.  [Bruin Report Online]
10. Washington St.
It must be discouraging when the topic of conversation is dominated by woeful attendance, but at least it detracts from the product that no one is watching.  Now that Marcus Moore has opted for surgery, the Cougs may be staring 0-18 right in the face.  []

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