FAYETTEVILLE – The coaches of the Southeastern Conference have predicted the Arkansas Razorbacks to finish fourth in the SEC Western Division, the league office announced on Tuesday.
The Razorbacks received 36 points in the poll as they prepare for the start of the 2011 season under second year head coach Mike Larabee.
The reigning SEC Champion Alabama has been predicted to win the 2011 league title by the SEC coaches. The Crimson Tide is ranked No. 3 (ESPN.com/USA Softball) and No. 6 (USA Today/NFCA) in the national polls and leads the Western Division with 10 points. LSU received 19 votes by the coaches for second in the West, while Auburn was just ahead of the Razorbacks with 33 votes. Mississippi State received 46 points and Ole Miss rounded out the voting.
Tennessee led the Eastern Division with 17 points followed by Georgia (18) and Florida (22). The division is rounded out by Kentucky (37) and South Carolina (46). Tennessee and Georgia each received three votes to win the conference championship and Florida picked up one.
Points for the poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5 basis for the Eastern Division and on a 1-2-3-4-5-6 basis for the Western Division. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
UA begins the season at the 25th Annual Louisiana Classic in Lafayette, La., from Feb. 11-13. The first home game of the season is a three-game series against Auburn March 11-13. The 2011 SEC Softball Tournament will be held May 12-14 at Ole Miss Softball Complex in Oxford, Miss.
Eastern Division:1. Tennessee (17 points)2. Georgia (18 points)3. Florida (22 points)4. Kentucky (37 points)5. South Carolina (46 points)
Western Division:1. Alabama (10 points)2. LSU (19 points)3. Auburn (33 points)4. Arkansas (36 points)5. Mississippi State (46 points)6. Ole Miss (51 points)