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With the release of Texas Southern's and Southern University's football schedules, a new classic game has been added to the HBCU football landscape.state fair showdown logo

The Texas State Fair Football Showdown is scheduled for October 20, 2018 at 2:00 pmm. at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and becomes the third rivalry game hosted during the 2018 Fair.

The event was announced in October, 2016 with the stipulation that the teams play during the third week of the Fair.

The current agreement covers two years with the possibility of an extension beyond 2019.

The Cotton Bowl Stadium in partnership with Lone Star Sports (promoter), the Texas State Fair and the City of Dallas wanted a third football game to complete a three-week "extravaganza" in conjunction with the State Fair.

Grambling will meet Prairie View in the State Fair Classic on October 6 and Texas plays Oklahoma on October 13. The Texas Southern vs. Southern contest will complete the football games scheduled during the Fair.

“This is a major deal to be selected to play in the Cotton Bowl." Southern Athletics Director Roman Banks told the Baton Rouge Advocate.

“It takes some steps, but the SWAC office also knew this was a great opportunity to showcase not just the two schools — it would also showcase the SWAC and the sponsors that play a part in it,” Banks said.

Traditionally, the game between these HBCUs rotated between the two campuses. Texas Southern will be looking for its first win over Southern since 2011.

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