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Softball: Bears 1 vote from perfect in 2 polls

By Jeff Faraudo
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 at 1:35 pm in Spring sports.

The Cal women’s softball team is ranked atop both national polls for the sixth consecutive week.

This time, only the vote of a single college coach prevented the Bears (45-3) from being unanimous No. 1 in both sets of rankings.

Cal collected 29 of 30 first-place votes in the USA Today/NFCA top-25, with No. 2 Arizona State securing the other first-place ballot. Alabama and Oklahoma are third and fourth, respectively.

In the Softball rankings, Cal grabbed all 20 votes, with ASU again checking in second, followed by Oklahoma and Alabama.

Eight Pac-12 teams are in the ESPN top-25, seven in the USA Today poll. But a look at the NCAA’s official RPI computer rankings suggests that neither human poll gives the Pac-12 enough credit.

The RPI includes eight Pac-12 teams in its top 25, including four in the top 10 and six in the top 15.

Here’s how the computer rankings place the best Pac-12 teams: 1. Cal; 2. ASU; 7. Oregon; 10. Arizona; 13. UCLA; 15. Washington; 22. Stanford; 23. Oregon State.

Here’s the ESPN poll: 1. Cal; 2. ASU; 12. Oregon; 13. Arizona; 15. Washington; 17. UCLA; 21. Stanford; 22. OSU.

And the USA Today poll: 1. Cal; 2. ASU; 13. Oregon; 14. Washington; 15. Arizona; 17. UCLA; 19. Stanford. (OSU is not ranked).

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  • SteveNTEXAS

    I guess they let Mack Brown vote.