Bayou Classic week arrives with great anticipation

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Southern vs. Virginia-Lynchburg

New Orleans is ready.

The 49th annual Bayou Classic kicks off 1 p.m. Saturday at the Caesars Superdome.

Organizers estimate that approximately 250,000 people will flock to New Orleans this week.

Remnants of the pandemic that had such an impact on the game and other major sporting events are now gone as a capacity crowd is welcome and hoped for.

The annual press conference to kick off the big week took place on the floor of the Dome Monday morning.

A host of elected officials and celebrities were on hand, including Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell, tourism officials from the city and region, presidents of both universities, along with head coaches Eric Dooley of Southern and Hue Jackson of Grambling.

There are many events associated with the big game, including the Battle of the Bands, job fairs, a college recruitment fair and more.

The game provides a big spotlight on HBCU schools and, of course, it is a big game for both Grambling and Southern. The game is the forerunner, the “Grandaddy” of many matchups featuring HBCU schools playing each other around the nation.

The classic has proven to be a classic, evenly matched rivalry as each side has beaten the other 24 times so Saturday’s matchup will break the tie. The all-time series between the two rivals, including meetings prior to the Classic starting in 1974, finds Southern holding a 37-33 edge.

The Tigers won a 29-26 thriller last year, ending a 3-game win streak in the series for the Jaguars.

Southern is 6-4 overall, 4-3 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play while Grambling is 3-7, 2-5 in SWAC play.

Tickets remain on sale and can be purchased at www.mybayouclassic.com.

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