Classic will name SWAC West champs

GSU will take on Southern for the SWAC West title.

The defending Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Champions, Grambling State football team started the 2018 season slowly.

The G-Men (4-4, overall), have been tested this season.

GSU lost two conference games throughout the first eight contests of the season.

GSU has not suffered two conference losses in a single season since 2014.

However, up and down play from conference opponents Alcorn State, Southern University and Prairie View A&M has left the door open for the Tigers to defend their crown.

Midway through the season GSU fell to the third spot in the West Division.

After help from SWAC rival Alcorn State who defeated Prairie View A&M, the Tigers jumped to the number two spot in SWAC West standings behind Southern University.

The G-Men are set to take on Southern Jaguars for the 2018 Bayou Classic to be held Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Kickoff from is set at 4 p.m.

The Tigers are the defending SWAC Champions and have worn that crown since the 2014 season.

GSU rallied for a 30-21 victory over Southern University in the 2017 Bayou Classic, after an 11-yard touchdown run by Martez Carter to give the G-Men the victory.

Grambling holds a one game all-time lead in the series, 33-32, over the Jaguars.

Head coach Broderick Fobbs is 3-1 against Southern.

A win for either team will crown the 2018 SWAC West champion.

The winner will participate in the Dec. 1, SWAC Championship game held at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. The SWAC Football Championship will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

The winner of the game is set to advance and represent the SWAC in the Celebration Bowl Saturday, Dec. 15 in Atlanta.