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LSU is taking a major step in unifying the Lousiana college football scene. The defending national champs will play historically black colleges Southern University and Grambling University for the first time ever.

LSU will host Southern on Sept. 10, 2022, and Grambling on Sept. 9, 2023.

“This is an incredible opportunity to join our fan bases of these historic Louisiana institutions and championship programs,” 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.”

Southern and Grambling are two of the nation’s most tradition-rich programs, with numerous Black College Football National Championships and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) titles to their credit. Southern has claimed 11 Black College Football National Titles and 19 SWAC Championships, while Grambling has won 15 national titles and 26 conference championships.

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Southern University is located in Baton Rouge — the same city as LSU — while Grambling is in the northern part of Louisiana.

This is great news for the state of Lousiana. No longer will they have to worry about what if Grambling battled LSU? Now we will have to just wait until 2022.

The amount of money that will be generated from these matches, would go along way for all three programs, not to mention, it will keep it all in the state.