BATON ROUGE, La. - On the LSU campus Friday, the celebration was already well underway, ahead of Saturday night’s huge showdown between the Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
"You gotta get people amped up. You gotta have fun with it. You gotta get rolling with it," said LSU fan Christian Vann.
Matt Oprea, an LSU sophomore from Chalmette, said he’s noticing far more excitement for this game, compared others so far this season.
"There's more people out here than normal, like tailgating and everything. I've never seen this many tents out on a Friday," he said.
"It's unlike anything else, just being on campus during a game like this, big rivalry," said Tanner Watson, a junior from Mandeville.
LSU and Bama fans were already descending on Baton Rouge in big numbers by mid afternoon, as evidenced by several RV parking lots.
Campus police are bracing for massive crowds and traffic Saturday.
"Some of the biggest challenges are just getting the traffic in and especially getting the traffic out. There are only so many roads in and out of campus," said Capt. Cory Lalonde with the LSU Police Department.
Lalonde said a typical game day brings as many as 125,000 people to campus. Saturday, officials expect that number could rise to 150,000.
Friday, near the set of ESPN's College Game Day, students called this the game of the year, as LSU and Bama battle in a rematch of last season’s national championship.
"Oh, it's crazy. Everybody's ready for this game. Ready to get revenge," Watson said.
Junior Lirel Rogers agreed.
"It's like -- there's no words. It's going to be insane pretty much," she said.
LSU Police urge fans coming from out of town, especially the New Orleans area, to leave early and expect possibly heavy delays Saturday.