- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The defending national champion University of Oklahoma softball team is ranked second in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Preseason Top 25 poll.

OU received 17 first place votes in the poll released Tuesday and is ranked behind No. 1 Tennessee.

Washington is No. 3 in the poll, followed by Florida and Michigan to round out the top five.

OU returns seven starters from last season’s national championship team that finished 57-4 overall and 15-2 in the Big 12 to earn its second straight conference title.