The original AP Top 25 poll for the 2018-19 college basketball season featured it's fair share of head scratchers. The usual suspects were all mentioned. However, some of these programs are destined for huge letdowns.
4. UCLA (No. 21)
Steve Alford is a great recruiter, as securing the commitments of players like Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf in years past and 5-star Moses Brown this season is extremely impressive. However, Alford hasn't shown that he can win consistently despite all that talent. With Shareef O'Neal's health sidelining him and Brown the only other big name the Bruins added, the 2018-19 season could be rough in Los Angeles.
3. Florida State (No. 17)
The Seminoles made a miracle run to the Elite Eight last season, but there is a reason to be skeptical that a repeat is in the cards for Leonard Hamilton and Florida State. 247 ranks Florida State's 2019 recruiting class at #119, behind Colorado State, Central Arkansas, and LIU Brooklyn. That won't be enough to compete in the loaded ACC.
2. Auburn (No. 11)
Auburn's pitiful recruiting in 2018 is bad enough for Bruce Pearl and company, but the Tigers also lost second team All-SEC Mustapha Heron to St. John's. Heron's 16.4 points per game and versatility on offense was essential for the Tigers securing a four seed in the NCAA tournament. With Kentucky as good as ever, fans believing Auburn is the 11th best team in the country are in for a major disappointment.
1. Nevada (No. 7)
The Wolfpack are going to be among the best mid major teams in college basketball with twins Cody and Caleb Martin leading the charge along with coach Eric Musselman. However, the No. 7 ranking seems a bit excessive and is putting too much stake in their miracle run in the tournament. Nevada will be good, but not "Top 10 ahead of blue blood programs" good.