BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Florida, the three-time defending SEC regular-season champion, has been selected as the preseason favorite for the 2018 season after a vote of the 13 SEC head coaches in the annual preseason poll.
The Gators, who received 11 first-place votes, will be vying for their eighth overall regular season title after posting a 20-3 record in the SEC last season.
Tennessee earned one first-place vote and is projected to finish second in the SEC, while Texas A&M took third place in this year's poll. LSU was ranked fourth, and Alabama, which earned one first-place vote, rounded out the top 5.
Points for the poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12 basis. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
SEC teams begin action on Thursday, Feb. 8. The 2018 SEC Softball Tournament will take place May 9-12 at the Mizzou Softball Stadium in Columbia, Mo.
2018 SEC Softball Preseason Coaches' Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
Place - School - Points
- Florida (11) - 143
- Tennessee (1) - 119
- Texas A&M - 114
- LSU - 109
- Alabama (1) - 107
- Auburn - 85
- Ole Miss - 81
- Kentucky - 76
- Georgia - 49
- Arkansas - 39
- Missouri - 34
- South Carolina - 30
- Mississippi State - 28