New college softball rankings see the UCLA Bruins showing no signs of slowing down from winning the Women’s College World Series last season.
The Pac-12 looks to be pretty powerful this season. So far, the defending national champs appear to be the best college softball team in the country with the Washington Huskies nipping right at the Bruins’ heels. The Arizona Wildcats aren’t far behind the Bruins and the Huskies either.
But that doesn’t mean the Pac-12 holds a monopoly on having the best college softball teams in the country this season. The Big 12 and SEC both appear to have solid contenders, just as they do every year. And with it being so early in the year, it’s hard to tell just how everything will shake out as the year progresses. Right now, the Pac-12 appears to be the best conference so far.
FanSided Top 25 softball rankings
- Virginia Tech
- South Carolina
- Florida State
- Texas Tech
- Arizona State
- Mississippi State
- Oklahoma State
Team on the rise: South Carolina
The South Carolina Gamecocks are on a bit of a roll right now. The Gamecocks have proved they can beat talented teams (Michigan) and have won five straight games. There’s a good chance the Gamecocks can cause some chaos in the SEC this season.
Teams trending down: Oklahoma, Michigan
The Sooners sure struggled against the Washington Huskies in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Oklahoma barely put up a fight as Washington thumped Oklahoma with ease. Oklahoma is still one of the best teams in the country and will have plenty of chances to prove itself throughout the year, but losing 12-2 to Washington, a team that will almost certainly make it to the Women’s College World Series shows the Sooners have some work to do.
Michigan had a rough time in the Gamecock Invitational. After starting off with a win down in Columbia, the Wolverines lost three straight, sending them staggering on to the Judi Garman classic. Michigan has a chance at redemption there when it faces off against the likes of Texas and Washington.