While HBCU football’s newest bowl game gets all the headlines, one of it’s biggest games is undergoing a big change. The Bayou Classic between Southern and Grambling will not be played on NBC Sports Network and not NBC, this year.
This a big change, as viewers must have cable to watch the game.
Last season’s Bayou Classic, the 40th edition of the rivalry game, drew a rating of .7, according to Sports Media Watch. The game has failed to garner a rating above 1 since 2006.
Conversely, the Nation’s Football Classic in Washington, D.C. will get a TV boost.
The Nation’s Football Classic will air live on ESPNU on September 18. Gametime for the Friday matchup between Howard and Hampton is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Both the Nation’s Classic and the Bayou Classic ranked on our list of must-see 2015 classics.