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CFB Roundup: Alabama to open with Wisconsin in 2015, 'Bama AD steps down

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Alabama and Wisconsin announced Wednesday that they will open the 2015 season at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The game will be played on Sept. 5, 2015, and comes on the heels of the Crimson Tide dominating Michigan in the 2012 opener.

The two schools have met just once before: in 1928 at Camp Randall Stadium, a 15-0 Wisconsin win.

Wisconsin has not played a Southeastern Conference opponent since 2007 and hasn't opened against an SEC team in more than four decades.

---Also relating to Alabama, one week after Mal Moore was hospitalized with a pulmonary condition, the school's athletic director resigned Wednesday, the school annnounced.

Moore was transferred from a Birmingham hospital to Duke University Medical Center last week for additional testing.

"Due to factors related to my health, I am at a point that I can no longer fulfill my duties as athletics director in the true championship manner the position requires," Moore said in a statement.

Moore, 73, took over as Alabama's AD in 1999 and one of his legacies will be the hiring of football coach Nick Saban. Moore's ties to the university run deep as an administrator, former player and assistant coach under Bear Bryant.

According to CBSSports.com, possible replacements include Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart, Alabama deputy athletic director Shane Lyons and former Tide player and Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.

---Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during spring practice Tuesday and is out indefinitely, the school announced.

Ryan, a junior from Westlake, Ohio, led the Wolverines in tackles with 88, including 56 solos, last season. He also had 16 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. He was named second-team All-Big Ten by the media in 2012.
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