No. 4 Bama hosts Florida International

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - No. 4 Alabama gets a different sort of test in the second game of the season.

The Crimson Tide must avoid a letdown when 33-point underdog Florida International visits Saturday night, a week after 'Bama's win over Virginia Tech.

It's the season opener for the Panthers, who were 5-7 last season.

FIU coach Mario Cristobal is familiar with Alabama. He was an offensive lineman on the Miami Hurricanes team that lost to the Tide in the Sugar Bowl with the 1992 national title on the line.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said FIU's 1,000-yard receiver and dangerous return man T.Y. Hilton "is probably as good a player as anybody in the country."

The game could present a chance for Saban to get some youngsters playing time.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)