BootPowerRatings™: Oct. 28

The Tunnel Workers Union, Calcutta, Twitter and mustard stains... sounds like a normal week in the life of Tree Boy's Boot Power Ratings™. Stanford even gets a "We smoke these guys" reference thrown their way. Where's your favorite Pac-10 team? Read on!

USC 92

As if we needed more examples of $C's embarrassment of riches, seldom-used tailback Allen Bradford ran wild to the tune of 147 yards and two touchdowns, claiming Pac-10 POTW honors. The surprise production couldn't have come at a better time as phenom Matt Barkley struggled, and a rare poor showing by the Toejam defense made for some Maalox moments in Compton. Couple this game with the forgettable fourth quarter in South Bend, and you may have reason for alarm as the toughest test on the schedule looms.

Oregon 90

Oregon continues to fly high as they handed the Huskies their worst home defeat since, well, last year. In doing so, the Halloween showdown in Autzen gives the tub toys a chance to end the Trojan reign of terror. The patchwork secondary has had Eugene holding their breath all season, but the arrival of touted freshman Cliff Harris should be worth a few exhales. Harris had been waiting on a green light from the NCAA, so it's nice to see Admissions has maintained their high standards with the appointment of a new AD.

Oregon State 80

The Beavs ended one epic losing streak earlier this year against ASU, but failed to win in The Coliseum again, making it 49 seasons since they pulled off that feat. The offense did its part, Jacquizz even donated his head to the cause, but the Trojan Horse rolled up and down the field at will. Stat of the week involves OSU's 36 points, as in USC's previous eight home games, opponents had only scored a total of 28.

Arizona 75

Cracking the polls for the first time in nine years, the kittens are all but a lock to become bowl eligible when they face off with the declawed Cougs this weekend. Despite their recent fortune in the win column, Zona is not without problems. Running back depth is nearly transparent, their legacy placekicker is not living up to his name and Mike Stoops still can't get that mustard stain out of his favorite shirt.

Stanford 74

The combination of wholesale changes on defense, a cardboard cutout standing in as the opposing QB and a return to the friendly confines of The Farm has Stanford one win away from that magic number six. Taking full advantage of Improvement Week™ will be crucial to the success of a stretch run that, if nothing else, will boost The Card's strength of schedule ratings. Lead by an offense that seems to be in high gear, EUTM is not unwarranted as Cardinalmaniacs feel confident when they say, "We smoke these guys!"

California 72

After being drubbed by the top two teams in the Pac X, kal got off the canvas and won a couple of rounds. The weenie "d" is still punch drunk though, as both UCLA and WSU ran up season-high yardage, albeit coming out on the wrong end of the scoreboard. Big-play back Jahvid Best gets all the press attention, but over the past few weeks, it has been his understudy that has had more success. Both kids will have their feet full when they dance with a Devil defense eager to get its pride back.

Arizona State 70

They say a team takes on the personality of its coach or quarterback. Either way, Tempe Tech is lacking in role models. On top of that albatross, their previously staunch defense had their collective hineys handed to them by the T.W.U. en route to a 33-14 beat down. The Tasmanian Devil added a couple more personal fouls to his trophy case while ASU fans continue to chant "Os-wei-ler." Save your breath Solar Satan Nation, your captain is asleep at the wheel.


Scrambling to find someone to lead his woeful offense out of the darkness, Slick Rick has been shuffling quarterbacks around in a manner that would make Jeff Tedford jealous. Things have gotten so bad that players have resorted to using racial slurs directed at Norm Chow on their Twitter accounts, though no disciplinary action has yet been announced. Just a heads up for Neuweasal, the college basketball season is fast approaching, so get your Calcutta strategy guide out and get to work.

Washington 61

After enduring a three-game stretch where the outcome hinged on the final play, it must have felt odd to Coach Sark not having his headset on for the last quarter against Oregon. Though the effort has improved, it appears that most of the problems that plagued the pups during their winless campaign of '08 are still haunting them. With El Lay and Wazzu still left on the schedule, UW could still finish with a respectable record.

Washington State 50

Wulff's Warriors put up some impressive stats this time around, but that was the only bright spot in yet another blowout loss. Coach Paul sure isn't saving anything for the future as he started his 10th freshman of the season, making the unflattering comparisons to a high school squad not much of a stretch. This week's game against Notre Shame in San Antonio is the closest thing to a bowl they will see for a while, so they better make the most of it.

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