Monday, November 21, 2016
Johnson: Long wait for what everyone knew was coming is finally over. Get ready for a great Bayou Classic
NEW ORLEANS -- Finally, we can get to the real show.
Watching Southern smother poor Mississippi Valley State might’ve been fun for some of y’all, but the week everyone has had circled on their calendar — or highlighted on their cell phone, or whatever everybody is doing these days — is finally here.
Undefeated Southern, undefeated Grambling, New Orleans, Bayou Classic.
Let’s do this.
We’ve all figured for some time now that Grambling and Southern would be undefeated in the Southwestern Athletic Conference by the time this week rolled around, setting up a Bayou Classic for the ages in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
It seemed to be a forgone conclusion that the Jaguars would not lose a game in SWAC play after they won their first two league games by a combined score of 123-37. They just needed to get past Alcorn, their own personal boogeyman, for that path to really look clear. Southern passed that road test with flying colors.
People knew Grambling was for real after its first game of the season. The Tigers went on the road and led Arizona 21-0 before losing their quarterback and, eventually, the game. Since then, Grambling has won eight straight games, each by no less than 19 points.