The Sports Network
By Sean Shapiro, FCS Assistant
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 26th, 2 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mercedes-Benz Superdome (65,000) - New Orleans, Louisiana. Surface: Artificial. Television: NBC. Annual: 38th State Farm Bayou Classic. Bayou Classic Record: Grambling State (19-18). Home record: Southern 2-2, Grambling State 3-1. Road record: Southern 2-3, Grambling State 2-2. Neutral record: Southern 0-1, Grambling State 1-1. Nicknames: Southern Jaguars; Grambling State Tigers. Southwestern Athletic Conference Record: Southern 4-4; Grambling State 5-3. Series record: Tied (29-29). Last meeting: November 27, 2010 (Grambling, 38-17 at New Orleans, LA). Series Streak: Grambling State has won the last three meetings. Head Coaches: Southern - Lyvonia "Stump" Mitchell (second season, 6-15 at Southern, 14-39 overall); Grambling State - Doug Williams (seventh season, 58-22 at Grambling State, 61-30 Overall). Sheridan Broadcasting Network Rankings: Southern (NR); Grambling State (10).
GAME NOTES: Grambling State and Southern will meet in the 38th edition of the Bayou Classic, a match-up of two teams that have experienced playing close games. For Southern, five of its games have been decided by five points or less, while seven of Grambling State's 10 games have been singe-digit differentials.
The teams have similar scoring averages, on both offense and defense, but Grambling State has been the hotter team lately. After a 1-4 start, the Tigers have won five straight game, including a 29-25 victory against Texas Southern their last time out. Southern has won two of its last three, including a win against Alabama State, 26-23.
A well-rounded offensive unit, Grambling State has talent at the skill positions, as running back Dawrence Roberts (105.5 ypg) and receiver Mario Louis (96.7 ypg) are both amongst the SWAC leaders. Southern has its own terrific receiver in LaQuinton Evans (74.4 ypg), who is the favorite target of quarterbacks Dray Joseph and J.P. Douglas.
Both teams have a talented leader at linebacker. Grambling State's Cliff Exama leads the SWAC in tackles with 115, while Southern's Jamie Payton is second in the conference with 98 stops.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Grambling State 31, Southern 20.
11/25 10:32:26 ET