LAFAYETTE (KATC) — Louisiana football knows a thing or two about Tulane.
Even if the teams have only met three times since 2000, Saturday’s game will have a rivalry feel. The schools are separated by roughly 120 miles. Their recruiting footprints are similar and many players know each other. There is a player or two who decommitted from the other school too.
Recent history suggest a good one too. In 2016, the last time the two met Tulane won 41-39 in quadruple-overtime.
“Oh this is nothing short of a rivalry. We’re going to go play now, it’s an in-state rivalry. It’s Tulane,” said Louisiana senior tight end Matt Barnes. “Some people on our team could have gone there, some people on their team could have come here. There are familiar faces for some guys. Familiar coaches. It’ll be a good game.”
“I was committed to Lafayette,” said Tulane sophomore linemen John Leglue. “I flipped last minute when I was being recruited for education reasons. I want to beat Lafayette. I have a lot of kin in Lafayette, I grew up just an hour away so I went there a lot. I really want to go out there and do my job.”
Both teams arrive in Orlando Wednesday.