1-21-2012 Has the Division I Dynamic changed

HAS THE DI DYNAMIC CHANGED FOR 2012?

 

The pre-season polls begin next week with the ESPN/USA Softball preseason poll.

As you can see from the final 2011 rankings, several teams advanced sharply after regional and super/regional play, notable declines including Tennessee, Michigan and Texas, while Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State jumped higher.  Indeed, four Big 12 teams qualified for the 2011 World Series.

 

How likely are any of these teams to hold those rankings in 2012?  SPY published an article earlier in the week on the conference predictions we have received.  Today, we add more notes in a separate article, primarily from conference and team web sites.

 

A major question is how will those players who starred on the Junior Women’s gold medal team upgrade their varsities?  Players like Carda (a no-no in South Africa) and Haeger are among the best young pitchers.  Chamberlain is a certified fence buster.

 

 

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

2011 Season – Final

 

Rank

Team

 Record

Points

Previous Ranking

1.

Arizona State (20)

59-6

500

1

2.

Florida

56-13

480

T5

3.

Alabama

53-11

459

3

4.

Baylor

47-15

429

15

5.

California

45-13

417

T5

6.

Missouri

53-10

414

4

7.

Oklahoma

43-19

375

T12

8.

Oklahoma State

40-20

332

25

9.

Georgia

51-14

329

8

10.

Stanford

42-17

308

T12

11.

Arizona

43-18

271

10

12.

Kentucky

40-16

248

21

13.

Texas A&M

44-15

242

17

14.

Oregon

42-16

231

11

15.

Washington

37-15

228

14

16.

Tennessee

49-12

222

7

17.

Michigan

53-6

195

2

18.

Houston

44-18

169

RV

19.

Texas

46-10

154

9

20.

UCLA

36-19

126

16

21.

Nebraska

41-14

87

20

22.

LSU

40-18

63

22

23.

Notre Dame

46-11

62

19

24.

Georgia Tech

45-12

37

18

25.

ULL

51-11

26

24

 

Parenthesis denotes first place votes.

 

Dropped Out: Auburn
New to Poll: Houston

 

Others receiving votes: Tulsa (22); BYU (20); Auburn (12); DePaul (10); Louisville (9); San Diego State (9); East Carolina (8); Penn State (4); Florida State (1); and Syracuse (1)

 

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