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SECFan04

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I think its safe to say Florida will obviously stay the favorite to win the conference.


Kentucky and South Carolina both return a lot of players

Tennessee returns Moss and Arnold both losses some big bats, a few big recruits are on the way

Alabama, LSU and Auburn all face a lot of questions on the mound with new faces and inexperience which will be fun to watch. 

Missouri.... well I expect a tough year given the losses... 

My predictions

1. Florida
2. South Carolina
3. Tennessee 
4. Georgia
5. Arkansas
6. Kentucky
7. Alabama
8. LSU 
9. A&M
10. Auburn
11. Mississippi State
12. Ole Miss
13. Missouri 

I think Georgia will still be dominant at the plate, Arkansas and Kentucky will continue to step forward. 

LSU and Alabama have a lot of new faces on the mound, they are very talented but they are inexperienced. Will LSU hit better? What changes will be made?

I might get lashed out for putting Auburn that low but they are in the same arena with LSU and Alabama, questions on a second pitcher and the offense. 

Ole Miss has. a lot of work to do...



Softballfan15

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OM behind Mizzou? You got to be joking right. OM will be in the middle of the pack. Hang tight and watch.
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No offense, but predicting an order of finish before the schedules are out and transfers are settled is going with way too little info.  Schedule is a HUGE factor in where teams finish.  Ask Kentucky and Arkansas.
SECFan04

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OM behind Mizzou? You got to be joking right. OM will be in the middle of the pack. Hang tight and watch.


Who will be pitching?


And where is the offense?

Ole Miss will be bottom half of the conference
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There is no way Mizzou finishes ahead of Ole Miss.
ncaasoftballfan

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Not fully sure what the top 9 will look like but pretty confident that the bottom 4 will be:

10 Texas A&M
11 Mississippi State
12 Ole Miss
13 Missouri

I would guess Top 9 of:

1 Florida
2 South Carolina
3 Tennessee
4 Georgia
5 Kentucky
6 Alabama
7 Arkansas
8 LSU
9 Auburn
SECFan04

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No offense, but predicting an order of finish before the schedules are out and transfers are settled is going with way too little info.  Schedule is a HUGE factor in where teams finish.  Ask Kentucky and Arkansas.


Very true but I was just referring to who I think are the best teams based off losses and incoming kids but yes transfers can make dramatic changes

Conference standings don't necessarily reflect the correct order of the best teams as certain teams play more difficult schedules compared to others 

This isn't mean to be that serious, its the offseason just having fun with it
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1. Florida
2. South Carolina
3. Georgia
4. Tennessee
5. Kentucky
6. Alabama
7. Arkansas
8. Auburn
9. LSU
10. Texas A&M
11. Mississippi State
12. Ole Miss
13. Missouri
SECFan04

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There is no way Mizzou finishes ahead of Ole Miss.


Well both will be at the bottom, at that point it doesn't matter

But I do think Anderson will do her best with what she is working with 
SECFan04

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Does any other SEC team have any coaching changes in terms of assistants? 
Softballfan15

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Who will be pitching?


And where is the offense?

Ole Miss will be bottom half of the conference


Molly Jacobsen- transfer will be a JR.

Ava Tillman and Anna B will be Sophmores

Several recruits had multiple SEC offers.

SECFan04

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Molly Jacobsen- transfer will be a JR.

Ava Tillman and Anna B will be Sophmores

Several recruits had multiple SEC offers.



You can say the same for pretty much every single recruiting class in the SEC, plus they will be true freshmen... not saying freshmen can't be really good

I still don't think that makes them "middle of the pack" respectfully. 

Time will tell, you seem very confident in Mike Smith
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You can say the same for pretty much every single recruiting class in the SEC, plus they will be true freshmen... not saying freshmen can't be really good

I still don't think that makes them "middle of the pack" respectfully. 

Time will tell, you seem very confident in Mike Smith


How many years does it take for an SEC coach to get his picks to campus ?

How long has he been at OM.
SECFan04

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How many years does it take for an SEC coach to get his picks to campus ?

How long has he been at OM.


Not sure why you are getting so defensive over this lol


You related to Mike?

I think he is a good coach but I am just saying I don't think next year is middle of the pack year. There is rebuilding to be done, but he does have some good kids coming in and a strong 2019 class on the way too. 






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Nice!!! I really want to compare your predictions to the actual conference standings. Of course there are factors going into the 2019 sec season. Not only freshmen having to make adjustments but players who might not have had a lot of playing either at the plate or in the circle. I also think Alabama cracks the top 5.
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None of us know what the 2019 will hold.

I would like to see this same thread for 2018 (in June of 2017) that would have had Georgia at #2, South Carolina at #3 and Arkansas at #7.

I guess that is why they play the game.
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ill give ya a few predictions based on "What-ifs" that I could see happening. im not gonna go through a whole list bc all anyone cares about is the champion, right!? 

1. if florida can find another ace along with barnhill, not a number 2 pitcher, but another dominant arm, I think they can repeat. I know there is a lot of talk about the hitting in Gainesville but tim always finds a way to get his team prepared. I don't think they will be as successful in 2019 as they were this season. 

2. last year, the gamecocks really got a taste of success unlike they've experienced in a while, so if they can learn from this years mistakes, look for USC to make some noise at the top

3. I think there is no doubt that Lu will have her team hitting as always, but the question is the pitching. the pitching really struggled down the stretch (except in Supers), and I hate to say it, but the only reason we got to OKC is because we got matched up with Tennessee. if Georgia can find a good ace and a decent number 2 along with bass to releave, look for the bulldogs to finally come through with a championship. 

4. Tennessee is gonna be a threat with a pretty good all around team that is pretty typical of the lady vols with speed and power, and a couple of pitchers that karen weekly finds a way to make it work to win ballgames. if sprang can improve mentally, the vols will be tough to beat. the loss of Gregg especially is huge, but Tennessee has some high level recruits coming in as always. can the lady vols actually do something with all the talent they get? 

5. the Kentucky wildcats will have a solid offense, probably better than this seasons. pitching will be better with baalman and humes getting adjusted fully to D1 ball. the cats will be coached very well, so look for them to put together another great season against another murder schedule that they always put together. I applaud them for not being scared to play the best of the best. cats can make some noise up at the top as well. 

6. Arkansas will be back strong as well with both storm and haff coming back. another great season for the razorbacks is ahead. if offense can be stronger, the razorbacks will be hard to beat. 

7. Bama has a top notch pitcher in montana fouts coming in, and if im not mistaken, a juco transfer as well. offense for the tide will be great in my opinion next season. if bama can find a dominant pitcher that doesn't walk 10 per game, the tide could very well just as easily as these other teams be top 4 in conference. 

8. from here down I think the conference gets much weaker and im not sure how itll pan out next season. lsu will be the best of the rest, but again if they can find great pitching, they will compete for the top next season. heres to another great year of softball next season!!!
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Not sure why you are getting so defensive over this lol


You related to Mike?

I think he is a good coach but I am just saying I don't think next year is middle of the pack year. There is rebuilding to be done, but he does have some good kids coming in and a strong 2019 class on the way too. 








Not defensive or related to Mike.

I like to see teams shake things up. I believe OM will win it’s fair share and not be a cupcake team that they have been considered in years past.
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1. Florida - They will still have Kelly Barnhill in the circle and great hitters coming back from last year. If they keep getting on base and keep opposition at bay, they should keep this top spot.

2. South Carolina - They return almost every player from last year. They have great hitters returning, and I would expect Kelsey Oh to become the ace pitcher.

3. Kentucky - Sarah Rainwater will return from her injury. UK returns almost every player from last year, including two studs in the circle, Baalmann and Humes. I expect them to win by putting runs on the board, though.

4. Arkansas - Arkansas adds 3 new transfers and adds in the 23rd best class of 2018. They will be led in the circle by Mary Haff and at the plate by Hannah McEwen. I expect the freshmen to step up and they will now have a complete pitching staff with the addition of Megan Robertson and Lauren Graves.

5. Tennessee - Tennessee needs to get pitchers FAST. Moss and Arnold can be a bit wild at times, let's not even talk about Gabby Sprang. If they can score runs, I would expect them to finish no lower than 5th.

6. Georgia - Georgia is in the same situation as Tennessee. They need pitchers FAST. Avant can be wild, Ablan can be wild. We know they can score runs, but they need more production in the circle to win more games.

7. LSU - LSU may be a dark horse. Although just lost two of the best to wear the jersey in the circle, they add in two new freshman to lead them. Gorsuch will prevail as the ace with Kilponen and Wickersham to back her up. If they are able to pick up Amanda Sanchez, I expect them to be top 5.

8. Alabama - Alabama loses one of the best, if not the best, pitchers in program history. They do add Montana Fouts, who seems like an extraordinary pitcher, she had a 0.09 ERA her senior season, WTF. They do lose a couple offensive players, but return a lot of talent. They add a good freshman class.

9. Mississippi State - Miss State loses a lot of good players. Cassady Knudsen and Holly Ward will be gone and who will step up as their ace? They also lose Harrison, Bell, Adams, Carter. They do return the reigning SEC freshman of the year, Mia Davidson. If they can produce runs and stop opponents from scoring, they should be a team to reckon with.

10. Auburn - Auburn loses the best pitcher in program history. They also lose who was their likely #2, Kara Bilodeau. Makayla Martin has a lot of work to do if they expect to compete against top ranked opponents.

11. Texas A&M - This team loses almost an entire roster of players. All their seniors graduate, Milligan and Show transfer. The big ? will be both at the plate and in the circle.

12. Ole Miss - Who will pitch for the rebels? They lose probably the greatest pitcher in Ole Miss history, although she only played for two seasons. They will have to fill big holes at the plate.

13. Missouri - Mizzou loses great players and will be lead by a new face. Sanchez, Burnside, Pierce, possibly Rice (Who would have been their ace) all transfer. All of them played almost everyday. The team will still be able to hit, most likely, but who will step up in the circle behind Madi Norman?
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The SEC can change significantly from year to year. Look at GA 2017 to 2018. It is a great conference and will be entertaining to watch in 2019.
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If florida, with their senior losses and no obvious replacements yet.... if they are a consensus to win the conference next year, then the SEC is down
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If florida, with their senior losses and no obvious replacements yet.... if they are a consensus to win the conference next year, then the SEC is down


They still have the best pitcher in program history. They add in Elizabeth Hightower along with Natalie Lugo and Katie Chronister (who are not bad pitchers, just inexperienced). Adams, Hoover, Roberts, Romanello, Lorenz, Matthews highlight the lineup and incoming freshman include Allen, Beane, Cordova, Lindsey, and Sipos. They should be at least top 6 in the country.
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Who are the 3 Ark transfers, Burnside, Graves and the 3rd?
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Who are the 3 Ark transfers, Burnside, Graves and the 3rd?


I think I heard about three, but it may only be two.
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ok thanks..I didn't know..just curious...btw, Burnside will redshirt?
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ok thanks..I didn't know..just curious...btw, Burnside will redshirt?


I believe she has to redshirt, but i'm not positive.
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If florida, with their senior losses and no obvious replacements yet.... if they are a consensus to win the conference next year, then the SEC is down


I wouldn't say consensus but its hard not to view them as the favorite

Barnhill returns

Lorenz one of the best in college softball returns, Hoover was a good producer returns

Hannah Adams did well as a true freshman will be a year older and improved

Jordan Roberts add power to the lineup

A great recruiting class coming in as well, biggest question will be who will back up Barnhill? Lugo has a lot of ability

Every year there are major surprises on every team so who knows what kids will emerge/step up

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I'm just amazed that with Ocasio, Kvistad and DeWitt out the door, and the Saturday pitching (as well Friday and Sunday occasional cleanup hurling) as uncertain as we have seen entering an offseason at UF in years ... that there is NO other SEC team in these predictions rated ahead of the Gators.

Thus my thought that the SEC may be down
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I'm just amazed that with Ocasio, Kvistad and DeWitt out the door, and the Saturday pitching (as well Friday and Sunday occasional cleanup hurling) as uncertain as we have seen entering an offseason at UF in years ... that there is NO other SEC team in these predictions rated ahead of the Gators.

Thus my thought that the SEC may be down


The SEC did lose a lot of important players this senior class, especially on the mound Ocasio, Hoover, Walljasper, Osorio, Lee, Carlson, Gray

There is a lot of rebuilding to be done next year in different areas across the SEC
 

But I do think it is more wide open next season, again things change with injuries and with transfers!

It should be a fun year, its hard to predict but its fun to watch. We have seen teams come out of no where every year. 


Some teams will step back with pitching but improve at the plate while others its the complete opposite. 


I thought the SEC was very strong this past season but just not top heavy like recent years IMO
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bama will finish 3rd in conference. 
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