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Grambling State in showdown at Texas Southern

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - It may not be one of the neutral-site "classic" games that Southwestern Athletic Conference teams often play in, but Grambling State's visit to Texas Southern Thursday night is a classic matchup.

The showdown, fittingly, will be broadcast on ESPN Classic. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

With a victory, Grambling (8-1, 7-0 SWAC) can clinch the Western Division title and qualify for the SWAC Championship Game. Texas Southern (6-3, 6-1) would force a tie atop the standings with a win at Delmar Stadium, and could earn the championship game spot by winning its final game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 20 or by a Grambling loss to Southern in the Bayou Classic on Nov. 27.

Grambling's Frank Warren is 53 yards shy of surpassing Eric Gant (3,795 yards, 1990-94) for the Tigers' all-time rushing record, and 307 yards shy of surpassing SWAC all-time leader Destry Wright (4,049 yards for Jackson State from 1997-99).

But Texas Southern leads the SWAC in nearly every defensive statistical category, including sacks, tackles-for-loss, rushing defense, pass defense and total defense.

11/10 16:23:36 ET