Arguably the most storied football rivalry between historically black college and university teams in the nation, Grambling State University and Southern University, Baton Rouge, have met on the gridiron 67 times since their first meeting in 1932. This year’s clash will take place Nov. 26 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Here are a few facts about the rivalry:
- In 1974, the in-state rivalry began being played exclusively in New Orleans, a neutral site. From that year on, the game was dubbed the Bayou Classic.
- The two rivals are 21-21 against each other since 1974. In 2015, Grambling snapped a three-game losing streak in the rivalry with a 34-23 victory.
- The first Bayou Classic was played in Tulane Stadium. It was moved to the Superdome in 1975 and drew a Superdome football-record crowd of 73,214 that year.
- The 2005 Bayou Classic was the only one not played in Louisiana. The game had to be held in Houston’s Reliant Stadium due to damage the Superdome sustained in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
- While the teams have played every year since 1974, the rivalry got its start in 1932, when Southern University posted a 20-0 victory over Grambling. The teams met 25 times – mostly on their campuses in Grambling and Baton Rouge, Louisiana – through 1973.
- This is more than just a football rivalry. There is a weeklong celebration, including events such as a parade and a battle of bands (featuring Grambling’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band and Southern University’s Human Jukebox). Last year, 29,652 attended the battle of the bands and Greek show, and 62,907 attended the football game the next day.