LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It's the game every McNeese State fan has circled on their calendar - the October 16 showdown against the LSU Tigers.
Many Cowboy fans couldn't wait to get their hands on tickets to be in attendance for the first time the Pokes and Tigers will ever meet on the gridiron.
"My husband's family loves LSU and I go to McNeese, so we're excited about this game," said McNeese student, Sarah Fagnant.
While Lake Charles resident Earl Quarles added, "I'm a fan of McNeese and LSU, so it's going to be tough. I guess however the ball is bouncing is how I'm going to be pulling."
Megan Thornton, the Assistant Ticket Manager at McNeese, says sales for the game have been going great, and the entire athletic department is excited for the big game.
"You can see it in everybody's face, you can see it whenever they purchase their tickets. They're so excited to go Baton Rouge and play LSU," said Thornton.
The McNeese State fans cannot wait to bring the atmosphere at Cowboy Stadium down the road to Baton Rouge and Death Valley.
"McNeese is going to be there to play and the fans, I think, are going to be right there with them. I'm just anxious to be able to go and attend this game," said Quarles.
Thornton agreed, saying, "The Cowboy fans are definitely going to keep their energy and their excitement over there. I think that it's going to be loud, and we're going to be blueing out the sections that we have for sure."
Although once the game is played, there has to be a winner and a loser, the chance to compete on the big stage is a thrill for all college football fans in Southwest Louisiana.
"This is going to be quite an experience for the Lake Charles fans to be able to go, because I know most of them, and most of them root for both teams," said Quarles.
One thing is certain, whether you bleed "purple and gold" or "blue and gold," time is running out to get your ticket for the showdown.