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Three Big 12 Teams Among Top Six in Latest ESPN Softball Top 25

Phillips 66 Big 12 Softball Championship, May 14, 2022

The Big 12 was the best conference in softball last season, and it appears that it is shaping up to be that again in 2023.

Having the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country helps, and that’s exactly what Oklahoma is for year another season. At 45-1, the Sooners have likely locked up the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Sooners are joined in the top six by the same pair of Big 12 teams that made the national semifinals last season, with No. 5 Texas and No. 6 Oklahoma State.

 

Texas (39-9-1) was off this past weekend from Big 12 play but has looked like one of the best teams in the country, sans a tough weekend in Norman.

Oklahoma State, on the other hand, looked completely dominant up until about two weeks ago when it started what would be a five-game skid. The Cowgirls managed to shake off the streak and get back to its winning ways against Texas Tech, taking two of three games in Lubbock.

Texas will resume Big 12 play this weekend, playing host to No. 21 Baylor in the season finale. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State will face its toughest test of the season, hosting the top-ranked Sooners in Stillwater.

 

Here’s a look at the entire ESPN Softball Top 25 Poll ahead of Week 13.

RANKTEAMRECORDPOINTSPREVIOUS RANKING
1Oklahoma (25)45-16251
2UCLA47-45992
3Florida State43-85654
4Tennessee39-65523
5Texas39-9-15195
6Oklahoma State41-94657
7Stanford38-104518
8Clemson45-84146
9Washington35-1040910
10Georgia38-1040711
11Duke43-93969
12Arkansas36-1436812
13Oregon35-1130813
14Alabama36-1629716
15Auburn37-1525917
16LSU38-1325614
17Florida34-1624315
18Northwestern33-1024218
19Wichita State43-816121
20Utah31-1314219
21Baylor36-159320
22Virginia Tech35-179224
23Texas A&M32-188723
24Louisiana39-136525
25Central Arkansas36-946NR

Dropped out: Kentucky

Others receiving votes: Kentucky (40), Louisville (11), Arizona (6), South Carolina (4), California (2), UCF (1)

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