LSU arrived to their hotel in New Orleans to a large crowd of Tigers fans.
Both Clemson and LSU (You can call Clemson the Uptown Tigers, and LSU the Bayou Bengals) arrived for Monday's College Football National Championship.
It's a meeting of two unbeaten teams and two high powered offenses. LSU led the country in scoring, Clemson was second in margin-of-victory at nearly 33 points-per-game, nearly a full touchdown better than LSU.
"The play of their big time play makers, (Travis) Etienne is really fast, the scheme they have, they run a fake power, and run him on an angle route. They're winners. I think it's 29-games in a row," said head coach Ed Orgeron. "On defense they're fast. Brent Venbles will call blitzes and dial them up. It's going to be a challenge. A good challenge."
This game has many Acadiana ties, as it always seemingly does. In 2003, Devery Henderson starred for LSU, and in 2007 Eary Doucet caught two touchdowns in the win. This year's match-up features a Lafayette defensive linemen, Tyler Shelvin (Notre Dame) and a Jennings running back who plays for Clemson, Travis Etienne (Jennings.)
A few Acadiana coaching connects, Carencro's Kevin Faulk is LSU's director of player personnel, while Corey Raymond, from New Iberia, is the Tigers' defensive backs coach. Raymond is played for a second ring having been an assistant on the 2007 team as well.