"I think it's tough," new UAB head coach Neil Callaway said. "The fact we open up at Michigan State and then go to Florida State on Sept. 8, I can't think of anybody's (schedule) being any tougher."
UAB, coming off a 3-9 mark in Watson Brown's last season as coach, will have just five home games and will play seven games on the road.
After only two weeks on the job, Alabama assistant coach Steve Marshall has left to take a job with the NFL's Cleveland Browns.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for Steve," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Sunday."It's a shame that it didn't work out for him here, but I wish him well."