NEW ORLEANS -- There was a sea of red as fans made their way to the New Orleans Bowl. Ragin’ Cajuns fans swarmed Champions Square in what looked like a blowout in attendance for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
“We sold like 53,000 tickets I believe. That is going to be way more than Tulane," said Thomas Vincent, a UL Lafayette fan. We are going to demolish the Wave today."
"I am from New Orleans and it is insane,” said Scott Zeringue. ”Tulane should be embarrassed by the lack of representation here tonight."
Bob Leard is one of the many Tulane fans sprinkled among the crowd. He said the Green Wave support team may be fewer, but he's confident they can still pull off a win.
Right now the battle for regional superiority is at stake.
"I have seen some fans but I haven't seen a lot. I'm sure I'll see more when I get inside,” Leard said.
Tulane is making its first bowl appearance in over a decade, and fans like Justin Richard are confident the Green Wave could pull off an upset over the last year's bowl champions.
"Tulane is going to take it," he said. "Tulane is going to take it."
The game is expected to bring in tens of thousands of fans and millions in revenue.
Some say regardless of who wins, the city of New Orleans still comes out on top.
ULL fans have a lot to do with the bigger numbers. In their past two appearances, attendance was well over 40,000.
When Ohio played Troy State in 2010, attendance was just over 29,000.