BootPowerRatings - 2/4

As expected, this past weekend's results in the desert left an indelible impact on the BPRs, shuffling the top five teams in the conference. But in a mild upset, there is a narrowing gap between two in-state rivals at #5 and #6 that could rock the conference. Read on for the latest BootComputer output, and Tree Boy's blessed banter to accompany it.

Pac-10 BootPowerRatings
As of 2/4/03

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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
Hungry?  Why wait - steal a Snickers.  As if the "Candygate" scandal wasn't frustrating enough, the Kitties had to deal with their 3rd straight home loss to the Cardinal menace.  It is a bit late in the season to be using the "we haven't put together a complete game yet" shtick, but that is the prevailing cry coming out of Tucson.  []
2. Stanford
After an improbable sweep in the land of the setting sun, very little progress was made in the national rankings.  It is because of this oversight that the NCAA is now looking into incorporating the BPR's into its selection process.  Once Monty continues his domination of Ernie Kent, the Card get an extra day of rest to go sightseeing in Corvallis.  Sunday's match-up pits the two best defensive teams in the Pac-10.  [The]
3. Arizona St.
Most athletes would give anything to be "in the zone."  Scum Devil players would do anything to stay out of it.  The points came early and often against Stanford until Montgomery sent in the now famous 1-1-3.   Stifled and helpless against its power, Tempe Tech was overtaken and have dropped three of their last four.  []
4. California
From contenders to pretenders?  Critics warned that the Weenies' record was a mirage, and a quick trip through the desert did nothing to prove otherwise. Now firmly attached to Stanford's coattails, the honey lickers will try to remain in the title hunt against the Oregons.  [CyberBears]
5. Oregon
After their obligatory stop at the Bruin misery exhibit, the Quacks headed to Trojan territory and fumbled the pill around to the tune of 26 turnovers.  The best predictor for Oregon's success is the scoring of their big men.  When they tally 22 or more, UO is 15-0.  Anything less than 22 have netted the bath toys a loss.  [eDuck Sports]
6. Oregon St.
Break up the Beavs, or something to that effect.  Who would have guessed that a sweep in Smogland would give OSU more wins than the two inhabitants of said land... combined!  Whatever magic Jay John is weaving up in Corvallis, he will need to continue as he welcomes the better Golden State squads to Gill this weekend.   []
7. USC
When told he was on probation for commenting on the officiating, Henry Bibby said, "I don't even know what that means."  Funny, you would think someone who works in and around $C athletics would be familiar with the concept of probation.  In any event, Hank's Halfwits will get a shot at sweeping their rival for the first time in 10 years before they face UNLV on Saturday.  []
8. Washington
Essentially, the Pups have been on a two-week vacation, their win over Wazzu not withstanding.  Tough to shake off the rust against Arizona, but a win against the Demons would go a long way in solidifying that coveted 8th spot in the conference tourney.  []
Apparently Steve is taking his team down with the ship.  How many futility records will be set before the season mercifully ends?  In all fairness, the Blues are playing with more effort, but it has become appallingly obvious that this current group of "ballerz" lack the skills of their predecessors.  [Bruin Report Online]
10. Washington St.
Only this sorry excuse for a D1 team can keep UCLA out of the cellar.  It is hard to root against the Cougs (hard to find anyone to root at all for that matter) and you have to wonder how much longer a team can suck like this.  The loss to UW leaves them at the halfway mark to 0-18.  []

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