Bayou Classic | Traditions



April 17, 2021 | Independence Stadium


Shreveport, LA



Tigers Jags Historic Rivalry 2021 marks the 47th annual meeting of HBCU rivals Southern University and Grambling State University: The Bayou Classic is a football game and so much more! The Bayou Classic commemorates historically black colleges and universities, academic achievement, tradition, sportsmanship, marching bands, and friendly competition. The “Classic” is an exhibition of the high standards of academic achievement deeply embedded in the  traditions of the two institutions.


Premier New Orleans Tourism Event: The Bayou Classic draws more than 200,000 visitors to New Orleans.



Grambling State University and Southern University are public, four-year institutions of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Both are recognized for their academics and athletics, and their rivalry is on display each year during the Bayou Classic. Grambling State University is located in Grambling, Louisiana, and Southern University is located in Baton Rouge.


Grambling State



Grambling State University combines the academic strengths of a major university with the benefits of a small college, a combination that enables our students to grow and learn in a serene and positive environment.


Grambling State University offers more than 800 courses and 68 degree programs in five colleges, including an honors college, two professional schools, a graduate school, and a Division of Continuing Education. National and local employers recruit graduates from Grambling’s excellent nursing, computer science, teacher education, and other programs.


In addition to being one of the country’s top producers of African American graduates and the top producer of Computer Information Science graduates in Louisiana, Grambling is the home of the internationally renowned Tiger Marching Band and the “winningest” coach in college football, the legendary football coach Eddie Robinson, Sr., whose tenure is memorialized in a campus museum, funded and operated by the state of Louisiana.






Southern University and A&M College is a comprehensive  institution offering four-year, graduate, professional, and doctorate degree programs, fully accredited by the Southern  Association of Colleges and  Schools (SACS). The University today is part of the only historically black Land Grant university system in the United States.


Southern University is committed to a broad program of research and creative work to inspire faculty and students in a quest for knowledge and to aid society in resolving its scientific, technological, socioeconomic, and cultural problems.


Southern University has one of the most celebrated athletic programs in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), including 14 NCAA recognized sports in addition to the university’s intramural program. The campus is also the home of the world-traveled Southern University Marching Band, the renowned Dancing Dolls, and SU cheerleaders.


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