NCAA Division I Softball Rankings

2021 Week 11 USA Today/NFCA Coaches Division I Rankings

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Oklahoma is the top-ranked team for the ninth straight week, seventh unanimously, in the 2021 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. Despite having their 40-game win streak snapped, the Sooners bounced back with four wins last week.

After OU (37-1) dropped game one of a non-conference road twinbill at No. 21 Georgia, 7-6 in nine innings, they posted a run-rule victory in game two and went on to sweep Texas Tech in Big 12 action. The Sooners three wins over the Red Raiders extended their Big 12 win streak to 55 games and league series streak to 58.

No. 2 UCLA (28-3) and No. 3 Florida (35-7) remained in their respective spots after 3-1 weeks. In a matchup with then-No. 4 Washington, the Bruins took three-of-four in Westwood, while the Gators knocked off Florida Gulf Coast in mid-week action before taking a Southeastern Conference from South Carolina.

Alabama moved up one position to No. 4 following a 3-0 week, which included 5-3 and 5-1 home wins over No. 13 Louisiana. The previously-mentioned Huskies dipped to No. 5 after their weekend against UCLA.

No. 6 Florida State, No. 7 Texas and No. 9 Arizona improved on their rankings. The Seminoles (33-7-1) went 2-1-1 at Atlantic Coast Conference foe Louisville with the game two defeat snapping a 16-game winning streak. The Longhorns (35-6) rebounded from their tough weekend in Norman, Okla. with four wins last week, topping RV Texas State and sweeping Kansas at home in Big 12 action. The Wildcats (31-8) took care of business at home posting four Pac-12 wins over Utah.

Falling to No. 8 was Oregon, which split with Stanford in Pac-12 action on the road, while Arkansas slipped two spots to No. 10. The Razorbacks (37-7) started the week with an extra-inning win over Central Arkansas before dropping the opening two SEC games against new-No. 15 Missouri.

The aforementioned Missouri Tigers (34-10), along with new-No. 13 (tie) Clemson (37-4) each made the biggest jumps this week, raising their rankings by three positions.

Highlighting this upcoming week’s schedule are three top-15 matchups. No. 3 Florida travels to No. 15 Missouri, No. 8 Oregon heads to No. 12 Arizona State and No. 7 Texas hosts No. 11 Oklahoma State for crucial late-season conference series.

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RankTeamRecordPointsPrevious
1Oklahoma (32)37-18001
2UCLA28-37682
3Florida35-77203
4Alabama36-76985
5Washington35-96744
6Florida State33-7-16067
7Texas35-65649
8Oregon30-105596
9Arizona31-853510
10Arkansas37-75148
11Oklahoma State36-549711
12Arizona State28-1147312
13Clemson37-437616

Louisiana35-937613
15Missouri34-1033518
16LSU28-1531017
17Kentucky32-1230014
18Tennessee35-825119
19Michigan24-520120
20Virginia Tech28-1118215
21Georgia29-1417921
22Duke34-1015922
23Minnesota25-78224
24James Madison27-16125
25UCF34-12-14926


NEW TO POLL:

None

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

No. 23 Wichita State (43), Fresno State (24), Liberty (15), Notre Dame (12), Texas State (12), Ole Miss (8), Miami University (5), USF (5), Auburn (4), BYU (2), Cal State Fullerton (1).

DROPPED OUT:

No. 23 Wichita State

The 2021 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Records reflect games played through April 25. Programs not competing in 2021 will not be eligible for ranking consideration.

*Programs not competing in 2021 will not be eligible for ranking consideration.