BootPowerRatings™: Oct. 6

"The only thing missing was the offspring of Bo Jackson running over a Bosworth on the way to the end zone. There is a palpable amount of buzz around Palo Alto these days as the Stanford Express appears to be running a year ahead of schedule. All aboard the pain train to Corvallis." Read on for more on Stanford and the rest of the Pac-10 in this week's Boot Power Ratings™.

USC 89

Now at full strength and fired up by the freak accident of a teammate, $C brought the whoopin' stick with them to Strawberry Canyon and turned the Game of the Week into a laugher. The Toejams continued what Oregon started, and treated the crowd to the worst home loss in the Tedford Era. Pete's not out of the woods yet, as games with Oregon, Stanford and UCLA still remain, but they have to be feeling better about their chances than they were two weeks ago. No action in Trojanville this weekend, but a date with South Bend-over U. looms on the horizon.

Oregon 86

Never has the line, "Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated," applied more than it does to this year's incarnation (or should I say reincarnation?) of the Oregon Ducks. Not only have they made their opening night disaster in Boise a minor footnote, but the shadow of once-ostracized LeGarrette Blount is looming larger in Eugene and a return to the playing field seems imminent. Injuries to star players are starting to mount though, as the elder statesman Walter Thurmond III joined fellow secondary member T.J. Ward in the infirmary. Did I mention Masoli is listed as day-to-day? That's a lot to overcome as the team heads to Westwood for a key conference game, but if these Ducks really are back, now is the time to show it. Oh by the way, they waxed the Cougars. Yawn.

Stanford 85

It was not De-ja-vu all over again as the Tree D got some much needed redemption by stuffing Craft and his Blue Crew on a potential game-tying drive. If that wasn't satisfying enough for Cardinalmaniacs, Harballs' weekly unveiling of new material included a flea flicker and an offensive package that would have to take the weigh station detour on the interstate. The only thing missing was the offspring of Bo Jackson running over a Bosworth on the way to the end zone. There is a palpable amount of buzz around Palo Alto these days as the Stanford Express appears to be running a year ahead of schedule. All aboard the pain train to Corvallis.


For two weeks Coach Rick had been preaching to his choir about the toughness of their next opponent, but apparently Rahim "Not Any" Moore was listening to his iPod. Trying to lay an illegal shot on Coby Fleener did more than damage Moore's ego, and the Ruins found themselves on the wrong end of a smackdown. Still not deterred from their goal of becoming the talked about team in El Lay, the Powdered Blues welcome another conference undefeated to their house, though the dress code might have to be amended for Team Nike.

Oregon State 74

40 years of Phoenix Phutility was stopped in its tracks last Saturday. In what was probably the most surprising, if not longest streak left in Pac Ten lore, the lovable Beavs walked down the dusty road leading out of Sun Devil Stadium victorious for the first time since 1969. After consecutive meltdowns by the defense, coordinator Mark Banker shuffled his personnel around, though it's hard to tell if that was the reason for their success given the ineptitude of the Devil offense. Note for Cardinal fans: OSU is 29-3 in the last 32 games when they have won the turnover battle.

Arizona 73

Tucson residents are posting "Missing" signs on telephone poles these days, as their beloved stray cats will have been homesick for 35 days when they finally scratch the turf of Arizona Stadium again. In the meantime, you gotta believe Mike Stoops has been pulling all-nighters with his defensive staff as the last time they faced "Goldy" Locker, he lit them up for a Tuiasisopo-like 340 yards passing and 156 yards rushing. Good news is that star running back Nic Grigsby is expected to be at full strength come game time; bad news is that quarterback Nick Foles will be making his second career start at Husky Stadium.

Arizona State 72

Old ball coaches are making news these days as they just can't seem to bring themselves to retirement. When this season is mercifully in the books for the Stunned Devils, Dennis Erickson just might excuse himself without the need for a subtle nudge. Having been quoted pleading, "My kingdom for some semblance of a rushing threat," Erickson now contemplates switching signal-calling duties to true freshman Brock Osweiler. The cure for what ails the hapless demons is a vacation in Pullman, complete with complimentary win over their gracious hosts.

Washington 71

Someone has been watching Buddy Teevens' instructional videos on goal-line offense. Not being able to punch the ball in after what seemed like an infinite amount of tries was almost as laughable as the Puppy pass defense. The fate of ND and their head coach is ultimately in the hands of the Pac Ten, as a third of their schedule is comprised of Washington and California schools. Sark did his part to save the whale, but now he has to regroup and remind his young squad to play like they did against $C. If they do find their way back into the win column, it will be without safety Justin Glenn, who shattered his fibula on the first play of the second half.

California 70

It's tough to win game when your scoring abilities are capped at three points, but those scrappy bears sure are trying their darnedest. With Kyle Boller and Aaron Rodgers both holding down NFL jobs, one can only wonder where Jeff went wrong with Nate Longshore and Kevin Riley. Furthering their plight, former Heisman candidate Jahvid Best has been anything but, prompting Tedford to admit his team is zero-dimensional right now. Look on the bright side weenie fans, you will be able to wear those Emerald Bowl shirts you bought last year again.

Washington State 57

After promising results from the last two games, one can only scratch their head at the performance turned in by Paul Wulff's squad against UO, where they were outgained 514-158 in yards, 31-4 in first downs and 42-0 in the first half. One can only wonder how ugly this would have gotten had Chip Kelley not called off the dogs. So confident was Chip that he had his starting quarterback in street clothes in the second quarter. Things are so bad for Wazzu that even their normally reliable kicker has missed consecutive extra points, and badly too. I'd like to say things will get better, but there is no indication they will.

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