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The football rivalry between Jackson State and Southern University is special.

It’s so special, the game is popularly, yet unofficially, known as the BoomBox Classic, but it isn’t an official classic.


And the term, BoomBox, refers to the marching bands of each school, not the football teams. Go figure.

It’s a rivalry so special, so unique in scope; it’s even got its own Wikipedia page documenting the history of these two conference foes.

But this year’s event is even more special. Not because both institutions posses a considerable fan base that could result in attendance that could exceed 50,000 people Saturday in at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, nor because those in attendance are likely to be delighted by the performance of the bands.

Saturday’s contest between Jackson State (4-6, 3-2 SWAC) and Southern (6-4, 4-1 SWAC) is special because both teams – this late in the regular season – are still in contention to represent their respective divisions in the SWAC Championship Game to be held on Dec. 7 on the campus with the team with the best conference record.

Who will win the BoomBox Classic football game, Jackson State or Southern?

Take a moment to participate in our poll below.

Kenn Rashad
Founding Editor & Publisher of HBCU Sports and a graduate of Grambling State University.

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