LAFAYETTE — As the Cajuns prepare to take on Appalachian State, UL's most devoted fans are packing Cajun Field to cheer them on.
Fans, like Ronnie Louviere, arrived Tuesday evening to secure his spot.
"I travel for at least 2-3 away games," said Louviere. "I make all home games."
Some tailgaters say their presence at the game is what's important.
"I know we have bigger colleges and more popular colleges here, but, to me, our local folks need to focus their attention on what we have, which is a good product here, especially the football team and the coach and what he's trying to do here with these young men," said Charles Latiolais.
Fans don't have to be rooting for the Cajuns to get a warm welcome at the field.
[Our opponents] come visit us. We cook for them. We help do a lot of things for them, which they enjoy a lot," said Carroll Robichaux.
Louviere says a lot is riding on tonight's game.
"It's a very important game, probably the most important game we've played in a long time, probably since '06 because the winner of this game here will probably host the conference championship game."
Some tailgaters are confident the Cajuns will take the win.
"It's so clicking right now. We have a great athletic director. [We] got a great president of the university. Everything is ready," enthused Louviere. "I feel like we're on a spaceship, just fixing to take off!"
Kickoff is at 7 p.m.