Tigers, Jaguars set for Classic

It’s a cat fight this weekend at the Super Dome in New Orleans.

Tigers. Jaguars. Two ferocious beasts.

Grambling State and Southern are set for the 48th edition of the Bayou Classic as kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday in the annual Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) showdown.

GSU will be without head coach Broderick Fobbs, who was relieved of his coaching duties more than a week ago. Terrence Graves will serve as the interim head coach for the Tigers.

Grambling State (3-7 overall, 2-5 SWAC) dropped its home finale on Nov. 13 as the Tigers fell to Bethune-Cookman, 31-14. GSU enters the game on a three-game losing streak and will be looking to reverse the fortune of three consecutive losses to its rival. 

Southern (4-6, 3-4) comes into the contest off a 21-17 home loss on Nov. 13 to Jackson State. The Jaguars played a brutal schedule over their last four games, dropping three of those games. Southern’s lone win, a 38-35 victory, came on Oct. 30 against Alcorn State. 

Saturday’s game will be televised and streamed live on the NBC Sports Network as Chris Lewis and Anthony Herron 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 Santoria Black, Ossie Clark, Nick Harrison and T. Lay Collins will call all of the action. 

“Southern is an outstanding football team and is extremely well coached,” Grambling State interim head coach Terrence Graves said. “Anytime you play a rivalry game, you can throw the records out the window. Despite neither team playing for an opportunity at a SWAC Championship, both teams will be highly motivated.  

“Our players have been locked in and we’ve had some good practices over the past few weeks. Our goal is to go out there and play Grambling State football. We need to be able to start fast, which is something we haven’t been able to do much this season. We look forward to the challenge and the atmosphere on Saturday.” 

Southern leads the all-time series 39-33.

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