vs. Grambling State Tigers on September 9
The LSU Tigers will play Grambling State on September 9th in Baton Rogue for the first time. The schools were originally scheduled to play in 2020. But, unfortunately, the pandemic forced cancellation. Thankfully, the Tigers on both sides came together in 2023 for a highly-anticipated, in-state showdown.
Grambling State is one of college football’s most storied historically black universities. Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson led the Tigers to 408 wins over his 55 seasons leading the program. Grambling claims 15 black college football national championships, with their most recent in 2016. Currently, former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson is in his second season leading Grambling..
Jackson made headlines at Grambling in February 2022 when he hired Art Briles as offensive coordinator. But, of course, public outrage over the disgraced former Baylor head coach forced Jackson to walk back on his decision.
We expect the LSU Tigers to make quick work of the Grambling State Tigers, despite the short week following one of college football’s most challenging non-conference games.
The Grambling contest will probably be the first time in 2023 that we see quarterback Garrett Nussmeier and other reserve players in action. Of course, such assumes Jayden Daniels and the rest of LSU’s starters jump out to a big lead early. LSU football fans might recall last season’s 65-17 demolition of Southern University in Week 2.
Nussmeier saw considerable action against Southern, completing 13-of-23 passes for 183 yards. The experience was made possible by Daniels’ near-perfect afternoon in which he completed 10-of-11 passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Daniels also ran for 18 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
Last season’s game vs. Southern was also a ‘first-time’ matchup for the LSU Tigers.