After receiving enough votes to nab the #9 spot in the NFCA/USA Today Preseason Poll, it has been announced that Georgia is sitting at #8 in the ESPN/USA Softball Preseason Poll. Just ahead of Georgia at #7 in this poll is Missouri, and it is notable that the Tigers do not play during the opening weekend of the season. If UGA does well in week one, look for a slight jump over Missouri in the polls (fingers crossed!). Many of the top teams in the nation will be tested in week one, and the first regular poll of the season will surely be in a new order and possibly even feature some new faces.
A lot of people ask me what the difference between the two polls is, and to be quite honest, there isn’t much of one at all. When games are televised, the ESPN ranking is used beside Georgia’s name, and when articles are written on the GeorgiaDogs website, both rankings are used. Both polls are voted on by a selected group of college softball coaches. At the end of the season, average poll position, strength of schedule, and RPI are some of the most momentous factors in determining postseason seeding.