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Big 12 has 25% of Top 16 in Latest ESPN Softball Top 25

The final ESPN/USA Collegiate Softball Top 25 of the regular season has been released and the Big 12 is well-represented as conference tournaments kickoff around the nation.

After Baylor got the brooms out against Texas, the Bears are the biggest risers of the week, moving from No. 21 all the way to No. 16. Even without Dari Orme, Baylor handled the Longhorns behind two gems from RyLee Crandall, putting them squarely in the conversation to host a Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

After getting swept by Baylor, Texas fell just two spots from No. 5 to No. 7 in this week’s poll. In what has been a pretty dominant season to this point, voters likely see this as more of a blip on the radar for Texas rather than an issue to be worried about.

 

Oklahoma State also dropped two spots after a sweep at the hands of Oklahoma, falling from No. 6 to No. 8. The Cowgirls need to hit the reset button, and fast, because they’ve lost 10 of 12 heading into the Big 12 Championship. An early exit there, and OSU could be in danger of losing a top-eight seed.

The ever-steady Oklahoma Sooners remained the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation this week after finishing the Big 12 regular season with a perfect 18-0 record. OU has now won 41-straight games, tying its program record for consecutive wins.

Here’s a look at the entire poll, courtesy of ESPN and USA Softball.

 
RANKTEAMRECORDPOINTSPREVIOUS RANKING
1Oklahoma (25)49-16251
2UCLA50-45992
3Florida State47-85743
4Tennessee41-85444
5Washington37-114909
6Stanford39-124607
7Texas40-12-14505
8Oklahoma State41-134356
9Duke43-941811
10Clemson45-84018
11Georgia39-1238810
12Arkansas38-1632612
13Alabama38-1732114
14LSU40-1430916
15Auburn39-1628215
16Baylor39-1523921
17Utah34-1323420
18Oregon35-1420713
19Northwestern35-1120618
20Wichita State43-914819
21Florida35-1913317
22Virginia Tech36-1711122
23Texas A&M33-187123
24Louisiana43-136424
25Central Arkansas39-94325

Dropped out: N/A

Others receiving votes: Kentucky (29), Louisville (10), Minnesota (6), UCF (6), Arizona (1), Arizona State (1), California (1), Missouri (1).

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