The California Golden Bears finished tied for second in the Pac-12 North with Oregon State and Washington, the first time they’ve finished in the top half of the division since the Pac-12 split up into divisions in 2011. They also finished in a tie for fourth in the overall Pac-12 with a 7-5 record.
Pac-12 rules proceed to give Cal second in the North as a result.
Apparently, after the Pac-12 figured out how to put teams in the conference championship game, they threw up their hands and called it a day. Here are the criteria for determining ranking in the Pac-12.