Florida’s second straight national championship made them a unanimous choice at No. 1 in both polls with national runner-up Michigan in at No. 2. Auburn, LSU and UCLA round out the top five in both polls with Alabama in at No. 6, just ahead of fellow Women’s College World Series participants Oregon and Tennessee.
Eight SEC teams are represented in the final Top 25, all of which competed in the NCAA Super Regional round. Five of those eight eventually advanced to the Women’s College World Series, tying an NCAA record for teams from a single conference originally set by the Pac 12 in 1999. SEC teams ranked in the final top 25 are Florida (1/1), Auburn (3/3), LSU (4/4), Alabama (6/6), Tennessee (8/8), Georgia (12/13), Missouri (14/12) and Kentucky (17/17). Texas A&M and Mississippi State are also receiving votes outside the Top 25.
Alabama finished the 2015 season with a 48-15 (17-7 SEC) record, entering as the No. 6 seed in its 17th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Tide cruised through the Tuscaloosa Regional round, outscoring its opponents 28-1, before having to rally from a game one loss to Oklahoma in the Super Regional round to win games two and three and secure its 10th trip to Oklahoma City and the Women’s College World Series. There, Alabama fell in the opener to Michigan before staving off elimination with a one-run win over Oregon two days later. The Tide could not advance past Saturday however, falling to LSU in the final elimination game of the day.