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Ducks Pegged No. 5 in NFCA-USA Today Preseason Poll
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Release Date: 01/22/2013
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EUGENE – Coming off a record-breaking season, the University of Oregon softball team landed its best-ever preseason ranking in the NFCA-USA Today preseason rankings released Tuesday.

The World Series returnee and No. 5-ranked Ducks matched their year-end position from 2012 and were one of three Pac-12 teams in the top five overall.

No. 3 California and No. 4 Arizona State also received their same rankings from the end of last season, and four other league members also stood top 25 (No. 13 Arizona, No. 16 Washington, No. 19 UCLA and No. 21 Stanford).

Last year’s national champion (Alabama) and runner-up (Oklahoma) held the overall No. 1 and 2 positions going into their 2013 season opener in two weeks.

Other teams in the top 10 included No. 6 Tennessee, No.7 Texas, No. 8 Missouri, No. 9 Georgia and No. 10 LSU.

Glancing at the entire poll, the Ducks will face 12 teams from the preseason top 25 this year, thanks to five non-conference tilts vs. No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 10 LSU, No. 14 Florida, No. 15 Michigan and No. 17 Texas A&M.

One other Duck opponent – Oregon State – also received votes.

A complete list of NFCA preseason rankings is listed below, and more information on NFCA polls is available at the https://nfca.org/index.php/polls  address.

UO was ranked top 20 in the preseason for the third straight season after it stood No. 16 in ’12 and No. 14 in ’11. Oregon’s five rankings in other NFCA opening editions since 1995 follow: 2008 (20th), ’06 (22nd), ’04 (16th), ’01 (20th) and ’99 (25th).

The Ducks come off their second-ever WCWS trip and their second-most wins ever (45). UO beat every Pac-12 rival for the third time in school history, and its 13-9 Pac-12 mark earned a second straight third-place conference finish. Oregon also went 25-15 against NCAA tourney advancers, and 16-13 vs. top-25 teams in 2012.

In two weeks, the Ducks kick off the season vs. Western Michigan on Thursday, February 7 in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

In the four weeks following, UO then travels to tournaments in Las Vegas (Louisville Slugger Classic, February 15-17), Palm Springs, Calif. (Cathedral City Classic, February 22-24), Orlando, Fla. (Citrus Classic, March 1-3) and Fresno, Calif. (Bayer Cropscience Classic, March 8-9),
 
Oregon’s first home tilt is against returning New Mexico on Wednesday, March 13, and its first Pac-12 series is at home vs. Stanford, Saturday-Monday, March 23-25.


Preseason USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll  (1/23/12)

http://nfca.org/top25/index.php?cat_id=1
Rk Team Record Totals Prev
1 Alabama (25) 60-8 765 1
*2 Oklahoma (5) 54-10 745 2
*3 California (1) 58-7 704 3
*4 Arizona State 53-11 684 4
> 5 Oregon 45-18 635 5
6 Tennessee 52-14 626 6
7 Texas 47-13 534 9
8 Missouri 47-14 496 11
9 Georgia 45-17 490 10
*10 LSU 40-25 475 7
11 Louisiana-Lafayette 53-6 429 12
12 South Florida 50-14 423 8
*13 Arizona 38-19 406 13
*14 Florida 48-11 342 18
*15 Michigan 42-17 326 15
*16 Washington 39-19 316 14
*17 Texas A&M 41-18 296 19
18 Louisville 55-5 255 17
*19 UCLA 36-20 216 20
20 Hofstra 42-15 203 16
*21 Stanford 40-19 183 21
22 North Carolina 43-15 102 24
*23 Hawai'i 44-9 89 22
24 Baylor 34-22 80 RV
25 Florida State 47-16 58 RV

Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame (43), Georgia Tech (29), Syracuse (27), Kentucky (23), *Oregon State (22), Texas Tech (12), Virginia Tech (11), DePaul (10), Northwestern (5).

-The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by NCAA Division I head coaches representing each conference. First-place votes are in parentheses.


* Denotes Duck opponents in 2013 

 
^ RANKINGS NOTE: Altogether, Oregon has now been ranked for 36 straight polls by the NFCA, and its week-by-week USA SB/ NFCA rankings in that stretch follow: 2013 – Preseason NA/5th. 2012 - Preseason 11th/16th, 2/14 19/19, 2/21 21/19, 2/28 18/18, 3/6 15/18; 3/13 14/17; 3/20 15/17; 3/27 16/17; 4/3 17/18; 4/10 15/19; 4/17 14/18; 4/25 15/16; 5/2 12/13; 5/9 12/13; 5/16 12/12; 6/12 5/5. 2011 - Preseason 14th/14th, 2/15 14th/14th, 2/22 13th/13th, 3/2 13th/13th, 3/9 15th/14th, 3/16 16th/15th, 3/23 15th/16th, 3/30 14th/15th, 4/5 15th/16th, 4/12 17th/17th, 4/19 19th/21th, 4/26 16th/19th, 5/3 12th/17th, 5/10 11th/14th, 5/17 11th/12th, 6/15 14th/15th. 2010 - 3/8 25th/-; 3/15 25th/-; 3/22 21st/-; 3/29 21st/ RV; 4/5 17th/ RV; 4/12 17th/23rd; 4/19 18th/20th; 4/26 19th/20th; 5/3 20th/22nd; 5/5 20th/22nd; 5/10 21st-t/22nd; 6/15 14th/14th. 


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