PAC-8 Standings Explanation
The PAC-8 standings are based on a weighted point system. There are 4 main components:
A. First is to place each team in order based on winning percentage in PAC-8 games:
1. Washington (highest winning %)
7. Cal (lowest winning %)
B. Second, each team is assigned a point value based on their winning percentage:
1st/highest winning %: 4.0 points
2nd highest winning %: 3.5
3rd highest winning %: 3.0
4th highest winning %: 2.5
5th highest winning %: 2.0
6th highest winning %: 1.5
7th highest winning %: 1.0
C. Third, the points for each team are added up, multiplying the the number of victories against each opponent, times the point value for each opponent:
Suppose U of Y beat U of X (who has the highest winning percentage),
U of Y would receive 4.0 points for winning that game.
If U of Y beat U of Z (who is last in winning percentage), they would receive 0.5 points for that win.
All the points from victories are added up to determine the total points each team has, and therefore their current ranking.
However, point values change each week, as teams change order of winning percentage.
This means, that if U of J beats U of K when they were 2nd in winning percentage,
and two weeks later U of K is 3rd in winning percentage,
the total points will change based on the new configuration.
Therefore the standings are dynamic (and confusing).
For example, U of E did not play this last weekend, so their winning percentage did not change,
but it's possible their points did!
This would occur if the winning percentage of other teams that did play last weekend increased or decreased (see "A." above), causing them to jump up or down in point values (see "B." above).
D. Fourth, teams who lose in overtime receive half the points they would receive if they had won that game.
Suppose U of G beats U of H (who is the 3rd place team),
U of G would receive half of the 3.0 points they would receive for beating the 3rd place team,
thus they receive 1.5 points, even though they lost the game.