softball-d1 flag

NFCA.org | January 20, 2015

Florida tops preseason USA Today/NFCA poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Defending national champion Florida will start the 2015 campaign at No. 1 as the Gators (55-12) received 20 first-place votes and totaled 699 points to claim the top spot in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Preseason Top 25.

USA TODAY/NFCA POLL
Complete Poll
Coming off its first WCWS title, Florida, under the direction of Tim Walton, opens the season at No. 1 for the second time (2009) in program history. In 2014, the Gators spent five consecutive weeks in the top spot (Feb. 18-Mar. 18) before returning there at the end of the season.

Oregon (56-9-1), which reached the WCWS semifinals, was a mere five points (694) behind Florida after receiving eight first-place votes. National runner-up Alabama (53-13) chimed in at No. 3 with 648 points, while Oklahoma (51-13) received a first-place vote and 613 points and Florida State rounded out the top five with 571 points.

Coming in at No. 6 was Kentucky (50-19) with 565 points and at No. 7 with 536 points, UCLA. Rounding out the top 10 were Michigan (47-15), Louisiana-Lafayette (49-10-1) and national semifinalist Baylor (49-16).

The Southeastern Conference led the way with nine total selections, while the Pacific-12 added five and the Big Ten three teams in the preseason rankings. The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Sun Belt boasted a pair of programs, respectively, while the Big East and Conference USA each had one squad represented.

College baseball: Florida State upsets No. 1 Florida to give Gators first loss this season

No. 16 Florida State (11-5) handed No. 1 Florida (16-1) its first loss of the season Tuesday, topping the Gators 2-0 in the final match-up at McKethan Stadium.
READ MORE

See 32 NCAA tournament buzzer-beaters from 1977 to 2019

Here's your one-stop shop to re-watch and reminisce upon 32 buzzer-beaters in March Madness history.
READ MORE

2020 NCAA tournament regional and Final Four sites history

Here are the notable NCAA tournaments moments that have happened in Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis, L.A. and New York.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners