Let's say that we're at the midpoint of the college softball season. Well, let's say "I" say we're at the midpoint. I've been pondering the phrase "Paper Tiger" lately. I know that in other women's sports such as volleyball, I'll look at a current or former Big 12 member with an outstanding record (Missouri or Texas Tech) and think, "Paper Tiger" as they've played pushovers leading up to tournament play. Sometimes, I wonder if the current Texas team is a Paper Tiger. One of the benefits of a conference which only has 7 softball teams out of 10 conference schools named for 12 theoretical schools that no longer exist. Wins/Losses noted for those to ranked (at the time) teams. Here we go! Baylor Record: 11-8 Wins: South Carolina Losses: Washington, Louisiana (Rajin Cajuns), Notre Dame Notes: Star pitcher Gia Rodoni redshirting this year to recover from knee surgery. Kayla Walker redshirting to recover from hip surgery Paper Tiger: No Iowa State Record: 13-9 Wins: N/A Losses: Florida State, Notes: Don't know much about them Paper Tiger: No Kansas Record: 5-17 Wins: N/A Losses: Oregon, Arizona State, Tennessee Notes: Former Texas assistant Jennifer McFalls now head coach at KU. Paper Tiger: 2018 season started as a Paper Tiger team and imploded after the series with Texas, which says a lot. OU Record: 20-2 Wins: Kentucky, Notre Dame, Arizona, Oregon State, Louisiana, Northwestern Losses: Florida State, UCLA Notes: They lost their core pitching staff, but reloaded with a star pitcher transfer from ASU - Giselle Juarez. The surprise is that a junior pitcher, Mariah Lopez, as done almost as well as Juarez. And those two seem to be the 1-2 punch they use. Paper Tiger: No. Oklahoma State Record: 18-5 Wins: Kentucky, Arizona State, Oregon Losses: LSU, Notre Dame, Arizona Notes: Transfer pitcher from A&M, Samantha Show - who defeated Texas in NCAA regional 2 years ago. She seems to be the lead pitcher out of a 4 rotation staff. Paper Tiger: Maybe Texas Record: 21-5 Wins: Kentucky, Arizona State, Minnesota Losses: LSU, Arizona State, Minnesota Notes: Obviously 4 transfers in from Oregon. Elish has become the #1 pitcher, but also with 3 straight losses to her record. The surprise is freshman O'Leary going 7-0. Paper Tiger: Maybe Texas Tech Record: 24-1 Wins: Arizona State, Oregon Losses: Japanese National Team (exhibition), Washington Notes: Transfers from Louisiana Lafeyette, LSU, Missouri. Article about them: Texas Tech Finding Its Identity Paper Tiger: I'm guess YES The question I have is if Texas is a Paper Tiger or not. We have outstanding hitting against teams we're supposed to beat, so much so that we're now at 11 run-ruled games. But against "real" teams, our hitting gets stagnant. Also, our fielding is horrendous. Currently, we're ranked 131st. Last year we were ranked 9th.