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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Oklahoma, coming off a 2017 national title, is the preseason favorite in the 2018 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The two-time defending champs collected 31 of a possible 32 first-place votes and 799 points.

The Sooners (61-9) swept preseason No. 2 Florida in a thrilling WCWS Championship Series to earn their third title in five years and fourth overall. OU’s run to the championship started off on the wrong foot following a regional-opening defeat to North Dakota State. That would be its last postseason loss. The 10th-seeded Sooners won four elimination games, including pair over Tulsa in the regional final, to start a run of 11 consecutive victories. In the championship series, Oklahoma outlasted Florida, 7-5, in an epic 17-inning opener, the longest WCWS game in finals history, followed by a 5-4 nailbiter in game two.

The national runner-up Gators (58-10) earned the other first-place vote and 762 points. Florida blanked No. 9 seed Texas A&M (8-0) and No. 13 seed LSU (7-0), before topping Washington (5-2) to reach its third championship series in four years. UF’s run featured two wins over Oklahoma State, including a 5-0 triumph in the Gainesville Regional’s “if necessary” game. The Gators rallied from an opening loss to No. 16 seed Alabama in the Super Regionals with 2-0 and 2-1 wins over the Crimson Tide and went 3-0 in round-robin play at the WCWS.

National semifinalists Oregon and Washington come in at No. 3 and No. 4. The Ducks (54-8) trumped UIC (13-0) and Wisconsin (6-5 in 8 inn. / 9-0) in regionals and swept 14th-seed Kentucky in supers. After falling to Washington, Oregon won two elimination games over Baylor (7-4) ad LSU (4-1) to reach the semifinals.

The Huskies (50-14) put together a 7-2 postseason mark, sweeping through the Seattle Regional and knocking off 11th-seeded Utah in a three-game Super Regional (10-4, 8-9, 2-1). At the WCWS, UW defeated Pac-12 rivals Oregon (3-1) and No. 5 seed UCLA (1-0). The Ducks (54-8) won their first five games in route to the WCWS.

No. 5 UCLA cruised through regionals with three eight-run victories. The Bruins (48-15) were tested in Super Regionals by No. 12 seed Ole Miss, edging the Rebels in a pair of one-run contests (8-7 in 11 inn./1-0). UCLA went 1-2 at the WCWS, picking up a win over Texas A&M.

The Aggies (47-13) swept through regionals and claimed a tough three-game Super Regional in Knoxville. Following opening loss at No. 8 seed Tennessee, Texas A&M earned a pair of close wins over the Volunteers (6-5, 5-3) to advance to their first WCWS since 2008.

Arizona enters the preseason at No. 7. The Wildcats (52-9) rolled through the Tucson Regional before falling to Baylor in a tight-knit Super Regional. The LSU Tigers follow Arizona at No. 8. LSU (48-22) had to win three straight elimination games, the final two over Louisiana, to get out of the Baton Rouge Regional. Faced with similar odds at No. 4 seed Florida State in the Super Regionals, LSU bounced back from a game one defeat (1-3), to win two close games on the road (1-0, 6-4) against the Seminoles. The Tigers would open the WCWS with a win over UCLA before dropping their next two contests.

Florida State and WCWS participant Baylor round out the top 10. The Seminoles (55-8) swept through regional before being upended by LSU at home in the supers. The Bears (48-15) survived a very tough Waco Regional behind a pair of Gia Rodoni no-hitters in 1-0 triumphs over Kent State and preseason No. 21 James Madison. Baylor rebounded from a 3-2 defeat to top the host Arizona (6-4, 6-5) to advance to the WCWS.

The Pac-12 littered the poll with four programs in the top-10 and six overall. The Southeastern Conference led the way with nine in the preseason rankings, including three in the top 10. The Big 12 was represented by three institutions, two in the top-10. No. 24 Oklahoma State is the only unranked team from last year’s final poll in the preseason Top 25.

The 2018 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. The first regular season poll will be published on Feb. 13.

2018 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll - Jan. 30 (Preseason)

Rank

School (1st Place Votes)

Totals

2017 Record

Final 2017 Ranking

1

Oklahoma (31)

799

61-9

1

2

Florida (1)

762

58-10

2

3

Oregon

719

54-8

4

4

Washington

674

50-14

3

5

UCLA

645

48-15

5

6

Texas A&M

571

47-13

8

7

Arizona

555

52-9

9

8

LSU

550

48-22

6

9

Florida State

545

55-8-1

10

10

Baylor

530

48-15

7

11

Alabama

484

46-18

12

12

Tennessee

452

48-12

11

13

Auburn

411

49-12

13

14

Ole Miss

361

43-20

16

15

Utah

323

37-16

14

16

Minnesota

311

56-5

15

17

Kentucky

300

39-19

17

18

Michigan

252

43-13-1

20

19

BYU

196

46-13

21

20

Tulsa

165

41-17

22

21

James Madison

159

52-8

18

22

Louisiana

121

47-8

19

23

Arizona State

107

31-22

23

24

Oklahoma State

77

38-25

RV

25

Georgia

71

35-23

T25

 

Receiving Votes: Texas State (35), California (30), South Carolina (29), Mississippi State (17), Marshall (17), Missouri (15), North Dakota State (14), Florida International (14), Illinois (13), San Diego State (12), Notre Dame (12), Ohio State (9), St. Francis (Pa.) (7), North Carolina (4), Arkansas (2), Wisconsin (2), McNeese State (2), USC Upstate (1), Texas (1), Cal State Fullerton (1), Louisiana Tech (1), Fresno State (1).

The 2018 USA Today / NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each NCAA Division I conference.

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