SINCE 1974

Bayou Classic is the historic gridiron rivalry between Grambling State University and Southern University, encompassing a weekend series of entertaining and socially enriching events from November 25-30 in New Orleans, LA. The framed Classic embodies a family-friendly atmosphere and fosters an economic impact of $50 million to the greater city of New Orleans. With record-breaking attendance in 2015 since the Classic returned to New Orleans following Katrina in 2006 after a one-year hiatus in Houston, the Battle of the Bands & Greek show boosted its attendance numbers to 29,652 and 62,907 for the 42nd Annual Bayou Classic game. The 44th Annual Bayou Classic in 2017, pushed the Bayou Classic to the top spot as the #1 HBCU classic, and the most attended football game in the FCS division. Last year, the 46th annual Bayou classic held the #1 HBCU Classic Title for the third year, with a game attendance of 68,341 fans.

Bayou Classic results

November 23, 1974

New Orleans 21–0

November 29, 1975

New Orleans 33–17

November 27, 1976

New Orleans 10-2

November 26, 1977

New Orleans 55-20

November 25, 1978

New Orleans 28-15

December 1, 1979

New Orleans 14-7

November 29, 1980

New Orleans 43-16

November 21, 1981

New Orleans 50-20

November 27, 1982

New Orleans 22-17

November 26, 1983

New Orleans 24-10

November 24, 1984

New Orleans 31-29

November 23, 1985

New Orleans 29-12

November 29, 1986

New Orleans 30-3

November 28, 1987

New Orleans 27-21

November 26, 1988

New Orleans 10-3

November 18, 1989

New Orleans 44-30

November 24, 1990

New Orleans 25-13

November 30, 1991

New Orleans 31-30

November 28, 1992

New Orleans 30-27

November 27, 1993

New Orleans 31-13

November 26, 1994

New Orleans 34-7

November 25, 1995

New Orleans 30-14

November 30, 1996

New Orleans 17-12

November 29, 1997

New Orleans 30-17

November 28, 1998

New Orleans 26-14

November 27, 1999

New Orleans 37-31

November 25, 2000

New Orleans 33-29

November 24, 2001

New Orleans 30-20

November 30, 2002

New Orleans 48-24

November 29, 2003

New Orleans 44-41

November 27, 2004

New Orleans 24-13

November 26, 2005

Houston
50-35

November 25, 2006

New Orleans 21-17

November 24, 2007

New Orleans 22-13

November 29, 2008

New Orleans 29-14

November 28, 2009

New Orleans 31-13

November 27, 2010

New Orleans 38-17

November 26, 2011

New Orleans 36-12

November 24, 2012

New Orleans 38-33

November 30, 2013

New Orleans 40-17

November 29, 2014

New Orleans 52-45

November 28, 2015

New Orleans 34-23*

November 26, 2016

New Orleans 52-30

November 25, 2017

New Orleans 30-21

November 24, 2018

New Orleans 38-28

November 30, 2019

New Orleans 30-28

April 17, 2021

Shreveport 49-7

Series: Southern leads 24–23

*—game subject to be vacated by Grambling State (it is not yet clear if this game included ineligible players)