LSU adds Southern, Grambling to upcoming gridiron schedules
Continuing the route taken in the 2000’s under then athletic director Skip Bertman, the LSU Tigers will complete the circle of playing in-state football schools by adding home games with Southern and Grambling in 2022 and 2023.
The Southern Jaguars will visit Tiger Stadium on September 10, 2022, while the Grambling Tigers come to Death Valley on September 9, 2023. This will be the first time in history that LSU faces either school.
“This is an incredible opportunity to join our fan bases of these historic Louisiana institutions and championship programs,” current LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward said. “These dates will be days to celebrate not only football, but the state of Louisiana and all of our people. It’s time and we are all proud to be a part of it.”
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron expanded on Woodward’s comment.
“We are excited to announce our games against Southern and Grambling in the future,” Orgeron said. “We have a great relationship with all universities in our state. It is important to LSU to have a great relationship with all of the universities in our state.”
Out of the other 11 Louisiana schools that play football, only Southern and Grambling have never faced LSU in a contest. The only other school in the state that was left to play at Tiger Stadium, Nicholls State, is scheduled to face the Tigers on October 3rd, barring any type of Covid-19 interruption.
Both Southern and Grambling have a rich history of playing what is now called BCS schools. No doubt, the tradition of each school in unmatched.
Grambling has won 26 SWAC titles and 15 black college football national championships. Southern has won the SWAC 19 times and claimed 11 black college football national titles. On, top of that, both Southern and Grambling have produced some the best players every to grace an NFL field.
So, it was only logical that the schools get the opportunity to tangle with the flagship football university in the state. It was a long time coming.