BATON ROUGE, La. – Southern has reached the final week of its regular season schedule, and the Jags will face Grambling, a team who hasn’t played a game since March 20th. The Blue & Gold don’t hold an advantage with playtime. Southern had a bye week following each of its last three games, and during Monday’s SWAC Media Call, head coach Dawson Odums assured no one will have an edge on Saturday.
“Everybody dealing with something. We all are, whether it’s playing and you got injuries, whether it’s getting games cancelled, whether it’s not playing. If you get caught up into that, I don’t have no hair on my head, but you’ll probably lose your hair. It’s just one of those things we got to deal with. It’s always something,” Odums said.
Two of Southern’s games, versus Alcorn and at Prairie View A&M, were cancelled or postponed this season. The Jaguars now sit third in the SWAC West standings, which means the Bayou Classic could be the final game on Southern’s schedule. If this scenario occurs, the SWAC Championship game would be without Grambling or Southern for the first time since 2012, but the Jags could hit the gridiron again.
“We may have to go back and play some of the games that we didn’t play. Southern is in a catbird seat of possibly still having a chance to represent ourselves in our division,” Southern University Athletics Director Roman Banks said.
This is where the madness begins. Southern could still clench the SWAC West, which would mark its third consecutive division title. The Jags would move to 4-1 in SWAC play with a win over Grambling. If Southern defeats the Tigers, they’ll need the following to happen:
- Arkansas-Pine Bluff loses to Prairie View A&M AND Texas Southern
- PVAMU loses Jackson State
The final standings in the west division would then be
- Southern (4-1)
- PVAMU (3-1)
- UAPB (3-2)
Southern would need the Golden Lions to have a worse record because Arkansas-Pine Bluff beat the Jags at A.W. Mumford Stadium on March 6th.
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