Jaguars fighting for more than pride in 48th annual Bayou Classic

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BATON ROUGE, La. – “Southern nor Grambling are competing for the championship, I can tell you that is odd. The whole conference is finding that to be odd,” Southern University President-Chancellor Dr. Ray Belton said, during the news portion of the Bayou Classic Monday presser.

Dr. Belton highlighted a significant point. The Jaguars and Tigers won’t play in the SWAC Championship game for only the second time since 2012. The Bayou Classic has usually been a “winner-take-all” game for the SWAC West title.

This year the regular season finale will be just for bragging rights, but both Southern and Grambling have been motivated for Saturday.

“If you can’t get up for this, you can’t get up for anything. The guys understand what’s at stake here. It’s winning the Bayou Classic. It’s about bragging rights. It’s about state championship trophy as we call it. We put that season behind us, the early part of the season. We got one game to finish and feel good about. That’s basically where we are with that.” Grambling interim head coach Terrence Graves said.

“It’s easy. We’re not playing for the SWAC Title, but you’re playing for state bragging rights. You playing for the Jag nation. You playing for this in the Superdome, and it’s the classic. It’s the 48th Bayou Classic so it’s a lot to play for,” Southern interim head coach Jason Rollins added.

The Jaguars will have more than pride on the line. The Gold and Blue will put their Bayou Classic three-game win streak on the line Saturday.

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