With the 2013 college softball season starting this coming Thursday, February 7, the major preseason polls are now out.
In the ESPN/USA Softball Poll, defending NCAA champion Alabama is ranked No. 1 and last year’s national runner-up Oklahoma is ranked second. Cal, Arizona State, Tennessee, and Oregon round out the top six.
The USA Today/NFCA Poll likewise has ‘Bama, OU, Cal, and ASU as the top four. One slight difference is that USAT/NFCA has Oregon No. 5 and Tennessee No. 6.
Interestingly, the two historically dominant programs are not highly ranked this year. Arizona is pegged at No. 13 (USAT/NFCA) and 14 (ESPN/USAS), whereas UCLA is ranked 19th in both polls.