Southern University players run onto the field before the Bayou Classic football game against Grambling State at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.

Advocate Staff photo by SOPHIA GERMER


Grambling is going to the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game. For the last five seasons, it has been either Southern or Grambling in that game. The Jaguars had what looked to be a great shot at ending its two-year hiatus, but lost their grip on the SWAC west title in the closing minutes.


How about missed opportunities? Southern missed a chip shot field goal, had another blocked and dropped some key passes on both sides of the ball. Somehow, Southern still managed to take the lead in the fourth quarter. It is unfair to expect perfection, especially in tense rivalry games, but how easy is it to imagine this game going differently?


That was a physical and entertaining game that saved its best for last. The crowd of 66,550 had the Superdome rocking in the final 15 minutes as both Southern and Grambling landed haymakers in a desperate fight to finish as the last one standing. The 2017 Bayou Classic lived up to what rivalry games are supposed to be like.

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