With limited attendance, a different location and no bands in attendance. The “Bayou Classic” was all about football. In hindsight, it’s always about football.
Since 1974 the “Battle on the Bayou” has been a staple in SWAC football. You can forget about records when this game comes around as it is, in my opinion, the most storied rivalry in HBCU history!
For those not in the know ill bring you up to speed. This was the 47th Bayou Classic between the Southern Jaguars and Grambling State Tigers. The classic dates back officially to 1974 and traditionally is played the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The classic is literally a battle between Northern (Grambling) and Southern Louisiana and has been played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome ever since. With their win, Southern leads the classic series, 24-23. Southern also leads the all-time series which dates back to 1932 with a 37-33 advantage.
Southern came into the game 3-1 with a three-game win streak. The Tigers were winless and had been off for three weeks because of a covid issue, but as I stated earlier, one can throw out the records when this game happens.
I’ll admit, I am a Grambling State fan to the heart. So when this game comes around I am glued to the TV and…don’t bother me. I say that for the simple fact that TO ME, this game ranks up there with OSU and That Team Up North. Not to mention that one doesn’t see a rivalry in any sport this close as far as the series is concerned.
That wasn’t so much the case as Southern came in riding a three-game win streak against the Tigers in the classic as Grambling hasn’t won the Classic or beaten Southern since 2017. The 47th classic was no different as the Jags ran circles around the Tigers from the first whistle.
Southern scored two touchdowns in the first three quarters and didn’t let off the gas until the end of the third when Grambling was playing for pride scoring their first touchdown just before the fourth quarter. Southern would leave the Classic with a 49-7 victory, the Classic trophy, and bragging rights until later this year in November when the rematch will come back to the loving and friendly confines of the Superdome.
Yes, I get it.
This wasn’t the ideal Bayou Classic and playing the game at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. wasn’t what fans expected, but seeing the gold and black face the powder blue and gold, one has to know that coaching legends Ace Mumford and Eddie Robinson were smiling from ear to ear.