NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - All eyes will be on the Superdome Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff between Southern University and Grambling State. It's the Bayou Classic.
At stake will be the SWAC Western Championship, and a shot to play Alcorn State for the conference title one week from Saturday in Houston.
There is plenty on the line for these traditional HBCU powerhouses, each of which has enjoyed a recent renaissance under new head coaches.
The Southern Jaguars are 8-3 under third year coach Dawson Odums, and co-lead the SWAC with a conference record of 7-1. Southern has won 6-straight games.
The Grambling Tigers are also 7-1 in the league. They lost their last game at home to Alabama State and are 7-4 overall.
"There's a 20-20 tie right now when you look at the series," explained Fobbs. "There's also a berth to play in the Conference Championship Game, which is huge for both programs. And then, not to mention, this is a huge recruiting ground for Grambling State University. So we want to make sure we have a good showing, play the game the way that we're capable of playing, and putting our best foot forward."
"Well, I think [it's an] opportunity to go to the championship. I think that's what the big picture is," said Odums. "But, also the opportunity to put your product on the field one more time and for you to showcase to the world what kind of program you're building and what kind of program you have."
The celebration begins Friday at 6 p.m. with the battle of the bands and Greek show. Saturday's events start with the fan fest at 9 a.m. and go until kickoff at 1:30 p.m.