Tigers, Rattlers set for Saturday action

After a bye week last weekend, the Grambling State Tigers travel to Florida to face Florida A&M Saturday at 3 p.m. at Bragg Memorial Stadium.

The Tigers (3-4, 2-2 SWAC) will be looking for back-to-back wins after pulling away from Texas Southern to celebrate a 34-20 Homecoming victory on Oct. 16.

“It was good to relax a bit last week and get some rest,” Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs said. “We were able to get away from this thing for a little bit and try to get ready for the long haul. I thought we did a really good job of trying to get everybody healthy and remain healthy, but also continue to get better at the same time. We’re excited about what we are doing and was very, very pleased with practice last week. The team had a lot of energy and everybody was ready to go.
Florida A&M (5-2, 3-1) have won four straight after a 38-17 non-conference road loss to South Florida on Sept. 18. The Rattlers jumped out to a 17-0 lead early in the third quarter at Mississippi Valley State last weekend and survived a last rally attempt by the Delta Devils to earn a 31-28 win.

“We are playing against a Florida A&M team, who was one point away from perhaps winning their division,” said Fobbs. They are a very tough opponent at home, and extremely talented on all three phases. Coach Willie Simmons does a really good job and the staff does a really good of putting together a really good football team. We’re excited about the opportunity to play in this game and we’ll be on Florida soil, which has been good to us recruiting wise.”

The will mark the 16th time the two programs have met on the gridiron, but the first as members of the SWAC. It’s been more than two decades since GSU and FAMU played with the Tigers winning 12-10 in 2000.

Saturday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ as Butch Alsandor and Jorge Vargas will have the call. In addition, Grambling State will broadcast and stream the game on the Grambling State Sports Radio Network. The game can be heard in Ruston (KRUS – Hitz 96.3) and in Monroe (KNNW – 103.1 FM). The Tigers’ broadcast crew of Ossie Clark and Nick Harrison will call all of the action.

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