NEW ORLEANS -- One of the nation's premier HBCU football showcases convenes for the 43rd time on Saturday, as Grambling State and Southern meet again in the Bayou Classic in New Orleans. Both teams have had their ups and downs in recent years, but they're having excellent seasons and this has the makings of a classic.
Grambling's only loss this season was its season opener on the road against Arizona, and they only lost that game, 31-21. Since then, they've won eight straight games, and have only given up more than 20 points once. Southern has two losses, but both came to FBS teams to start the season. They're also on an eight-game winning streak and are coming off beating Mississippi Valley State, 55-0, last week.
The quarterback play in this game should be excellent, as Southern's Austin Howard and Grambling's DeVante Kincade are first and second in the SWAC in both passing yards and touchdowns. Grambling's defense will also have to contend with Southern running back Lenard Tillery, who is averaging over 6.5 yards per carry and leads the conference in rushing by nearly 400 yards.
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