BootPowerRatings™: Sept. 23

Stanford's tied for first in the Pac-10 standings. Unsurprisingly, they don't find themselves quite that high in TreeBoy's BPR, but just where are the Card and what are his thoughts on this weekend's showdown? Plus, smack talk on the other nine Pac-10 squads, only in this week's BootPowerRatings™.

California 90

Although the MVW (Most Valuable Weenie) is clearly Jahvid Best, a successful season in Berzerkeley hinges on the frail arm of Kevin "5 Quarters" Riley. kal needed both boys to do their thing against the Gullible Gophers and they delivered, as Best continued his pace to break touchdown records and Riley did his best not to muck up the handoff. The upcoming showdown with $C has lost some of its pizzazz, but the barely bears best (pun most definitely intended) not look past Oregon or the loser will find itself in last place in the Pac X.

USC 88

I guess being in the Trojan system for two years is no guarantee of immediate success, as former five-star prospect Aaron "Rotten to the" Corp found out in Seattle last Saturday. There was plenty of blame to go around however, as the rubbers have made a habit out of losing to unranked conference foes the past five seasons. Having to watch former program pieces have success elsewhere (especially across the field from you) can't take the sting out of the loss, but perhaps knowing that the hapless Cougs are coming for a visit will cheer Petey up.

UCLA 83

Admit it Rick, after last season you told yourself that Kevin Craft would only take another snap for your team after every other option had been exhausted, including a Paul Wulff-inspired emergency try out. That Craft got the nod to start and brought home the win says more about him than his coach, and probably gives insight into what freshman QB Richard Brehaut's week of practice must have looked like. For their efforts, the Blue-ins get the weekend off to reflect on what a 3-0 start means.

Oregon 79

Everyone was eager to bury the Quacks after they imploded in Boise to start the year, but faster than you can blurt out Lee Corso's famous phrase, here they stand at 2-1, having just ended the nation's longest win streak at 16 games. Not so fast my friend, indeed. This feat is even more unbelievable in retrospect when you consider Masoli's passer rating for the game was -13.4, a number that previously thought impossible to attain. OC-turned-HC Chip Kelly dreams of landing the next Joey Harrington, but at this point would probably settle for an A.J. Feeley.

Stanford 77

In what might be the last meeting between historic rivals, Stanford laid the wood to a once game Spartan squad that has sold its soul to the almighty dollar. The Card might have been able to win with just their special teams unit and Gatewood, as those 12 made life easy for Harbaugh and Co., allowing the team to keep their playbook close to the vest. In what can only be described as shocking, Vegas says Luck and the gang will win comfortably this weekend as upstart UW party busses their way to Palo Alto.

Washington 76

The city of Seattle hasn't had much to cheer about these last few years, but if you were to ask the fans immediately following their monu-Montlake win over that juggernaut, they would say it was all worth it. Suddenly expectations are irrationally high in Huskyville, as the rest of their schedule looks like a giant fire hydrant. We are still waiting for confirmation on whether or not the Detroit Lions have made an offer to Steve "Losing Streak Stopper" Sarkisian.

Oregon State 75

Something tells me Corvallis U. won't be in a hurry to get Cincinnati on their future schedules after the Bearcats completed the home-and-home sweep. Cincy QB Tony Pike lit up the Beav secondary while Quizz was bottled up, averaging less than four yards a carry. Milestone night for James Rodgers as he became only the second rodent in school history to amass 1,000 yards rushing and receiving for a career. Pretty impressive considering neither Steven Jackson nor Ken Simonton achieved that mark.

Arizona State 74

Attention Dennis Erickson, your three-week binge on cupcakes (aka Dessert in the Desert) is officially over. Your main course awaits in Athens this Saturday, and there are no instructions on how to best eat Bulldog. If this matchup doesn't bother you, maybe a glance at the box score from your last game will. Twelve penalties totaling more yards than you rushed for against a middling Sun Belt school and four sacks allowed while recording none of your own. Try not to embarrass yourselves, okay?

Arizona 65

If you were to mark out the distance on the practice fields in Tucson, I'm confident you would find them to be 99 yards in length. This can be the only explanation for why flashback Nic Grigsby has been brought down one yard short of the end zone in consecutive weeks. This may be the least of Coach Stoops' worries though, as his previously solid signal caller turned in a stat line against Iowa that would make Aaron Corp laugh. This is certainly not the "Wildcat" offense that is all the rage right now in the football universe.

Washington State 58

Down 17-0 late in the second quarter, it appeared the Cougs were well on their way to a winless 2009 campaign. But two pick-sixes and a game-winning, overtime field goal later, Wazzu has already matched last year's win total. To celebrate, the team gets to take a vacation to sunny Los Angeles for some fun on the beach and a shellacking at the hands of a pissed-off Trojan team. Odds are they will have a better showing than the 69-0 beatdown they suffered last time these teams matched up, but I wouldn't bet on it.


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