The Demons (2-1) will play their second straight game against an FBS foe after absorbing a 66-9 whipping at powerful Cincinnati last Saturday. Kickoff against UAB (0-2) is 2 o’clock at storied Legion Field in Birmingham. NSU wraps up its non-conference schedule at home the following Saturday, Sept. 28, with a 6 p.m. game against lower-division Langston.
The NSU-UAB game can be heard on the Demon Sports Network, flagshipped by 100.7 FM KZBL in Natchitoches. There is no television coverage of the game.
The UAB Blazers enjoyed an open date last weekend, shaking off the sting of two opening losses.
They fell at in-state rival Troy 34-31 in overtime, after blowing a 31-14 lead, in their season opener, then were trashed 56-17 at LSU in week two.
But Coach Thomas said the Demons aren’t sleeping on the Blazers.
“I didn’t want to see what I saw on the tape watching them. They are a lot like Cincinnati,” he said. “There are talented players and they are a physical team. One advantage we have this week is we’ve now seen the speed of the game at that level, and we have first-hand understanding of the size of the challenges at each position, play after play.
“It’s no easy task and that’s fine. We are working hard this week to ensure we make a better accounting of ourselves walking off that field Saturday. We learned a lot at Cincinnati, and now the key is to apply what we learned and be better this time than we were last time.”