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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/24/2012
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Jan. 24, 2012

TUCSON - It is business as usual for the Arizona softball team as it receives its 24th straight preseason top-10 ranking. The Wildcats were ranked eighth by both polls (USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball).

At eighth, Arizona is the highest-ranked team not to make the 2011 Women's College World Series.

Defending champion ASU is ranked No. 1 in both set of rankings, receiving all but one of the combined 50 votes in the polls. Arizona and UCLA split top-ranked honors in 2011 and neither team made it to the WCWS.

The Pac-12 led all conferences with seven of its nine teams ranked in both polls. The Pac-12 teams in the top-25 are as follows: ASU (1/1), California (4/3), Arizona (8/8), Stanford (9/10), Washington (12/14), Oregon (16/11) and UCLA (19/13).

The Sun Devils were a unanimous No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25. The SEC claimed the next two slots with Florida and Alabama ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. California is ranked fourth and Oklahoma, which denied Arizona the 2011 WCWS, is ranked fifth.

Alabama is ranked second behind ASU in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll. California, which finished 2011 with a 45-13 record, is ranked third. Florida received one vote for No. 1 and is ranked fourth. Missouri rounds out the top five with 411 votes.

Twenty-six of Arizona's 56 games will be played against preseason top-25 teams, including 14 top-10 squads.

Arizona begins its season Feb. 9 when it travels to Tempe for the Kajikawa Classic.

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

Rank Team 2011 Record Points Final 2011 Ranking 1. Arizona State (19) 60-6 497 1 2. Alabama 53-11 438 3 3. California 45-13 425 5 4. Florida (1) 56-13 420 2 5. Missouri 53-10 411 6 6. Oklahoma 43-19 408 7 7. Baylor 47-15 372 4 8. Arizona 43-18 331 11 9. Tennessee 49-12 316 16 10. Stanford 42-17 314 10 11. Oregon 42-16 252 14 12. Georgia 51-14 239 9 13. UCLA 36-19 235 16 14. Washington 37-15 232 15 15. Texas A&M 44-15 228 13 T16. Michigan 53-6 211 17 T16. Oklahoma State 40-20 211 8 18. Kentucky 40-16 203 12 19. Texas 46-10 195 19 T20. LSU 40-18 106 22 T20. Nebraska 41-14 106 21 22. Houston 44-18 72 18 23. Georgia Tech 45-12 62 24 24. Louisiana-Lafayette 51-11 52 25 25. Notre Dame 46-11 40 23

USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll

Rank Team 2011 Record Totals Final 2011 Poll 1 Arizona St. (30) 60-6 750 1 2 Florida 56-13 690 2 3 Alabama 53-11 675 3 4 California 45-13 651 5 5 Oklahoma 43-19 603 7 6 Missouri 53-13 594 6 7 Baylor 47-15 567 4 8 Arizona 43-18 515 11 9 Stanford 42-17 467 10 10 Georgia 51-14 455 9 11 Oklahoma St. 42-20 444 8 12 Washington 37-16 402 12 13 Kentucky 40-16 360 13 14 Tennessee 49-12 348 18 15 Michigan 53-6 324 17 16 Oregon 42-16 309 15 17 Texas A&M 44-15 297 14 18 Texas 46-10 278 20 19 UCLA 36-19 247 19 20 Houston 44-18 185 16 21 Nebraska 41-14 173 21 22 LSU 40-18 119 22 23 La.-Lafayette 51-11 95 23 24 Tulsa 46-15 45 24 24 Louisville 38-20 32 RV

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