Bayou Classic

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Bayou Classic
Bayou Classic
Stadium Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Previous stadiums Tulane Stadium (1974)
Reliant Stadium (2005)
Previous locations Houston, Texas (2005)
Operated 1974 - Present
Sponsors
2014 matchup
Grambling vs. Southern (45-52)
2015 matchup
Grambling vs. Southern (November 28, 2015)
Bayou Classic is located in Louisiana
Grambling State University
Grambling State University
Southern University
Southern University
Locations in Louisiana

The Bayou Classic is the annual college football game between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars, first held under that name in 1974 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana, although the series itself actually began in 1936. Since 1990 the game has been held the final Saturday in November (i.e., the Saturday after Thanksgiving) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. A Waterford crystal trophy is awarded to the winning school. The game has had State Farm Insurance as its primary sponsor since 1996. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, organizers moved the 2005 event from the Superdome to Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, where many of New Orleans' evacuees were living. This was the first time ever that the Bayou Classic was held outside of Louisiana. The 2006 Bayou Classic returned to the Superdome in New Orleans.

It is the best known game and rivalry in historically black college football and is televised in the USA by NBC. The Bayou Classic is the only NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) game to be shown regularly on broadcast television. Fans have been known to refer to it as the "Black Super Bowl," although that name is not used in any official capacity by either school due to the National Football League's restrictions on the use of the "Super Bowl" name. Both schools typically forgo Division I-AA playoff eligibility to participate in the Bayou Classic. The game is one of two black college football classics to be associated with Thanksgiving weekend; the other is the older, Turkey Day Classic, held two days prior on Thanksgiving itself.

Other activities[edit]

Of the many festivities held in conjunction with the game, the most well-known and well-attended is the two-part Battle of the Bands, where both universitys' marching bands (The Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band, also known as "The World Famed," and the Southern University Marching Band, also known as "The Human Jukebox") perform. Following the official Greek show, the two renowned bands stage elaborately choreographed performances on the Friday night before the game. The second part is during the football games' halftime show. There is no official judge for the band events. Other festivities include a golf tournament, a Thanksgiving Day Parade which was brought back in 2011, a Grambling vs. Southern beauty pageant and a job fair for graduating students of both schools.

Impact[edit]

The Bayou Classic is a source of tourism revenue (over $75 million for more 30 years plus) to the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.[citation needed] The success of the game has inspired the promotion of numerous other HBCU rivalries and "Classics".

Series history[edit]

Southern leads the overall series 32-30, and the Bayou Classic series 21-20 after beating Grambling State 52-45 in 2014. Grambling claims the longest winning streak in the all-time series, 9 games from 1970 to 1979. Southern claims the longest winning streak in the Bayou Classic, 8 games from 1993-2000. Grambling's 43-6 victory in 1980 ranks number 1 in the largest margin of victory in the series.[1]

Game results[edit]

University Comparison
School Grambling State University Southern University
Established 1901 1880
Location Grambling, Louisiana Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Students 4,994 10,300
Athletic Logo Grambling State Tigers logo.png Southern Jaguars wordmark.png
Conference SWAC SWAC
Nickname Tigers Jaguars
School Colours                    
Victories 20 21
Winning Years 1974 1975 1976
1977 1978 1980
1983 1984 1985
1986 1989 1990
1992 2001 2004
2005 2008 2009
2010 2011
1979 1981 1982
1987 1988 1991
1993 1994 1995
1996 1997 1998
1999 2000 2002
2003 2006 2007
2012 2013 2014
Grambling State victories Southern victories
Date Winning team Losing team Site Series
November 23, 1974 Grambling State 21 Southern 0 Tulane Stadium, New Orleans Grambling State 1-0
November 29, 1975 Grambling State 33 Southern 17 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 2-0
November 27, 1976 Grambling State 10 Southern 2 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 3-0
November 26, 1977 Grambling State 55 Southern 20 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 4-0
November 25, 1978 Grambling State 28 Southern 15 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 5-0
December 1, 1979 Southern 14 Grambling State 7 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 5-1
November 29, 1980 Grambling State 43 Southern 6 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 6-1
November 21, 1981 Southern 50 Grambling State 20 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 6-2
November 27, 1982 Southern 22 Grambling State 17 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 6-3
November 26, 1983 Grambling State 24 Southern 10 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 7-3
November 24, 1984 Grambling State 31 Southern 29 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 8-3
November 23, 1985 Grambling State 29 Southern 12 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 9-3
November 29, 1986 Grambling State 30 Southern 3 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 10-3
November 28, 1987 Southern 27 Grambling State 21 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 10-4
November 26, 1988 Southern 10 Grambling State 3 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 10-5
November 18, 1989 Grambling State 44 Southern 30 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 11-5
November 24, 1990 Grambling State 25 Southern 13 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 12-5
November 30, 1991 Southern 31 Grambling State 30 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 12-6
November 28, 1992 Grambling State 30 Southern 27 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 13-6
November 27, 1993 Southern 31 Grambling State 13 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 13-7
November 26, 1994 Southern 34 Grambling State 7 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 13-8
November 25, 1995 Southern 30 Grambling State 14 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 13-9
November 30, 1996 Southern 17 Grambling State 12 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 13-10
November 29, 1997 Southern 30 Grambling State 7 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 13-11
November 28, 1998 Southern 26 Grambling State 14 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 13-12
November 27, 1999 Southern 37 Grambling State 31 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Tied 13-all
November 25, 2000 Southern 33 Grambling State 29 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Southern 14-13
November 24, 2001 Grambling State 30 Southern 20 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Tied 14-all
November 30, 2002 Southern 48 Grambling State 24 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Southern 15-14
November 29, 2003 Southern 44 Grambling State 41 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Southern 16-14
November 27, 2004 Grambling State 24 Southern 13 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Southern 16-15
November 26, 2005 Grambling State 50 Southern 35 Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas Tied 16-all
November 25, 2006 Southern 21 Grambling State 17 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Southern 17-16
November 24, 2007 Southern 22 Grambling State 13 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Southern 18-16
November 29, 2008 Grambling State 29 Southern 14 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Southern 18-17
November 28, 2009 Grambling State 31 Southern 13 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Tied 18-all
November 27, 2010 Grambling State 38 Southern 17 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 19-18
November 26, 2011 Grambling State 36 Southern 12 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 20-18
November 24, 2012 Southern 38 Grambling State 33 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Grambling State 20-19
November 30, 2013 Southern 40 Grambling State 17 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Tied 20-all
November 29, 2014 Southern 52 Grambling State 45 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Southern 21-20

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grambling vs. Southern series history". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2007-10-27. 

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