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Florida voted preseason favorite for softball season

125 days ago
SEC Staff
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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

  1. Florida (11) - 143
  2. Tennessee (1) - 119
  3. Texas A&M - 114
  4. LSU - 109
  5. Alabama (1) - 107
  6. Auburn - 85
  7. Ole Miss - 81
  8. Kentucky - 76
  9. Georgia - 49
  10. Arkansas - 39
  11. Missouri - 34
  12. South Carolina - 30
  13. Mississippi State - 28