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LCITSH

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The USA Today/NFCA poll is out. The ESPN/USA Softball should be out in about an hour.

https://nfca.org/index.php?option=com_nfca&top25=1&list=1&year=2018&pdiv=div1

2018 USA TODAY / NFCA DI TOP 25 PRESEASON COACHES POLL

The 2018 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. The first regular season poll will be published on Feb. 13.

RANKINGS

RankTeamRecordPointsPrevious
1Oklahoma (31)61-9799 
2Florida (1)58-10762 
3Oregon54-8719 
4Washington50-14674 
5UCLA48-15645 
6Texas A&M47-13571 
7Arizona52-9555 
8LSU48-22550 
9Florida State55-8-1545 
10Baylor48-15530 
11Alabama46-18484 
12Tennessee48-12452 
13Auburn49-12411 
14Ole Miss43-20361 
15Utah37-16323 
16Minnesota56-5311 
17Kentucky39-19300 
18Michigan43-13-1252 
19BYU46-13196 
20Tulsa41-17165 
21James Madison52-8159 
22Louisiana47-8121 
23Arizona State31-22107 
24Oklahoma State38-2577 
25Georgia35-2371 

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

Receiving Votes: Texas State (35), California (30), South Carolina (29), Mississippi State (17), Marshall (17), Missouri (15), North Dakota State (14), Florida International (14), Illinois (13), San Diego State (12), Notre Dame (12), Ohio State (9), St. Francis (Pa.) (7), North Carolina (4), Arkansas (2), Wisconsin (2), McNeese State (2), USC Upstate (1), Texas (1), Cal State Fullerton (1), Louisiana Tech (1), Fresno State (1).


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I think the Craighton/Denham transfers significantly boosted Az's chances this year...if McQuillin does not cave like at last season's end.
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Is there a pre-season RPI?
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Is there a pre-season RPI?
no. I... think... the first one we see is the fourth tuesday of march.... but not 100 percent on that
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Is there a pre-season RPI?


RPI is not a poll, RPI is a mathematical equation that spits out numbers based on your record, who you've played, etc. Strictly results based, therefore it's impossible to have an RPI ranking right now.
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Is there a pre-season RPI?


Yes, everyone is tied for #1.
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 "that team was a 20-24. Now, 12-18 seems right."

Lefty...what does that mean?
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RPI is not a poll, RPI is a mathematical equation that spits out numbers based on your record, who you've played, etc. Strictly results based, therefore it's impossible to have an RPI ranking right now.


Understand, thanks. Guess that's why, as 3left posted, they wait about a month. 
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 "that team was a 20-24. Now, 12-18 seems right."

Lefty...what does that mean?
oops... wrong thread!

I think arizona ' s ranking should be in the 12-18 range.... back to the rpi thread
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Prediction: OU will stumble out of the gate, lose to a team or two they shouldn't lose to and sink to #14 or #15 before getting their act together.

RPI will have them at 9 or 10, making them somebody's worst nightmare at the SRs. Then another OKC run, for a three-peat? Maybe.

Lots of pitching. Lots of clutch hitting. Lots of kids who know how to win when it really matters. Pretty good coach, too.
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Prediction: OU will stumble out of the gate, lose to a team or two they shouldn't lose to and sink to #14 or #15 before getting their act together.

RPI will have them at 9 or 10, making them somebody's worst nightmare at the SRs. Then another OKC run, for a three-peat? Maybe.

Lots of pitching. Lots of clutch hitting. Lots of kids who know how to win when it really matters. Pretty good coach, too.


I hope Boston U(where I go to school) can pull off the massive upset against them.

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How is Arizona so high
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<< Prediction: OU will stumble out of the gate, lose to a team or two they shouldn't lose to and sink to #14 or #15 before getting their act together. 
RPI will have them at 9 or 10, making them somebody's worst nightmare at the SRs. Then another OKC run, for a three-peat? Maybe. 
Lots of pitching. Lots of clutch hitting. Lots of kids who know how to win when it really matters. Pretty good coach, too. >> (RahOKU)

That could happen...
or they could lose five or less games the whole season. 
It will be fun to see how it plays out.
I think they will be a better team than last year - and their record will be better than it was in 2017 as they head into the 2018 post season.
Once they reach the super regionals (which they almost surely will), then anything could happen.
Even a truly great team can be beaten if they come up against a really hot team at the wrong time.
That is why winning the title is such a hard thing to do.
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Prediction: OU will stumble out of the gate, lose to a team or two they shouldn't lose to and sink to #14 or #15 before getting their act together.

RPI will have them at 9 or 10, making them somebody's worst nightmare at the SRs. Then another OKC run, for a three-peat? Maybe.

Lots of pitching. Lots of clutch hitting. Lots of kids who know how to win when it really matters. Pretty good coach, too.
if they go on the road for supers again, it likely won't be against an imploding team that only survived its regional because of a s*** call against cal.

I knew you would like that red meat!!!! :)
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if they go on the road for supers again, it likely won't be against an imploding team that only survived its regional because of a s*** call against cal. I knew you would like that red meat!!!! 😉


[smile]  LOL  that was funny

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https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/College-Corner/2018-College-Corner/Top-25-Polls/Preseason


ESPN Poll
OU #1
No 1st place votes for Florida
1 for UCLA and Oregon

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https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/College-Corner/2018-College-Corner/Top-25-Polls/Preseason ESPN Poll OU #1 No 1st place votes for Florida 1 for UCLA and Oregon


I'll stick up for the Big XII here. I think Baylor's a top 10. They added Wallace from Auburn, and Rodoni is pretty dang good in the circle. Don't know what kind of pitching depth they have, but that's not an automatic negative.

And I'll say it again: Okie State has good players and a good coach who knows what he's doing in terms of program development.
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I'll stick up for the Big XII here. I think Baylor's a top 10. They added Wallace from Auburn, and Rodoni is pretty dang good in the circle. Don't know what kind of pitching depth they have, but that's not an automatic negative.

And I'll say it again: Okie State has good players and a good coach who knows what he's doing in terms of program development.

I think OK state is a regional threat no matter where they go and Baylor’s depth in the circle is their only question but they should be able to get some quality wins behind ridoni

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Agreed with ok state. But I think in order for ok state to make it passed regionals they need a solid number 2 and 3 pitcher. With Brandi graduated who will filled the void?
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I will be shocked if Oklahoma does not host a SR.
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<< Prediction: OU will stumble out of the gate, lose to a team or two they shouldn't lose to and sink to #14 or #15 before getting their act together. 
RPI will have them at 9 or 10, making them somebody's worst nightmare at the SRs. Then another OKC run, for a three-peat? Maybe. 
Lots of pitching. Lots of clutch hitting. Lots of kids who know how to win when it really matters. Pretty good coach, too. >> (RahOKU)

That could happen...
or they could lose five or less games the whole season. 
It will be fun to see how it plays out.
I think they will be a better team than last year - and their record will be better than it was in 2017 as they head into the 2018 post season.
Once they reach the super regionals (which they almost surely will), then anything could happen.
Even a truly great team can be beaten if they come up against a really hot team at the wrong time.
That is why winning the title is such a hard thing to do.

HLA, I have a question out of curiosity.  Why don't you use the quotation feature that is available when quoting comments from other posts?  Your method makes it hard to follow exactly what quote(s) you are responding to.  Like I said, I am just curious.

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I will be shocked if Oklahoma does not host a SR.
If the pitchers aren't still recuperating, I agree
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Auburn is going to be interesting this year. Looking forward to see what they are going to do. Made a lot of changes on infield and and outfield on how they throw the ball. Not working a lot of defense and only worried about 1 out at the time. Curious to see how the the new hitting coach works out too. Heard good things about him. 

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Do yall think LSU at 8 is accurate? 

I am interested to see if the offense can look to drastically improve this season with apparently a different offensive approach implemented by the staff this fall and January. 
 
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Do yall think LSU at 8 is accurate? 

I am interested to see if the offense can look to drastically improve this season with apparently a different offensive approach implemented by the staff this fall and January. 
 


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I think LSU has a top 5 pitching staff, so, yes, 8 can happen.... as long as the top two stay upright
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Again...Arizona at 7 is bullllllll
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Auburn is going to be interesting this year. Looking forward to see what they are going to do. Made a lot of changes on infield and and outfield on how they throw the ball. Not working a lot of defense and only worried about 1 out at the time. Curious to see how the the new hitting coach works out too. Heard good things about him. 


Changes on infield/outfield & how they throw the ball?? Not working on defense? Can you elaborate?
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Changed how the infielders and outfielders throw the ball as going to short push style throws. No plays or coverage's on defense drill. Oh, also not working on double plays at all. So I am waiting to see how strong the defense is going to be for auburn. The pitchers are good and will get better but you are not going to strike out everybody.
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Changed how the infielders and outfielders throw the ball as going to short push style throws. No plays or coverage's on defense drill. Oh, also not working on double plays at all. So I am waiting to see how strong the defense is going to be for auburn. The pitchers are good and will get better but you are not going to strike out everybody.


Interesting. Makes you wonder how you can make a short push throw from 3rd or hole deep @ SS. Are these kids that fundamentally flawed Dean feels a need to change throwing motions now? 

They got 2 good pitchers. Dean will make them better with his pitch calling alone. They will be physically stronger so expect to see both throwing harder. Just hope they know where it's going. I would also expect Dean to clean up Carlson's mechanics. 
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