BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - After a long summer in the Baton Rouge area, south Louisiana could use a big win.
"An LSU win always helps the spirit, I don't care what's going on," said LSU fan Darwin Pittman.
Soggy weather meant a slow start for the tailgate on Friday night, but the die-hard fans were still there despite the rain.
"We always bounce back, it's just going to take a little bit of time for everyone to recover, but we'll get there," said tailgater Kevin Lovett.
For the Tiger community, those words ring true both on and off the field. Last month's historic flooding left its mark at the tailgate, forcing some
fans to miss out on the home game tradition. That includes Pittman's son, whose home flooded.
"I know three people in this lot that won't be here all season because they either lost their RV or somebody is living in their RV," Pittman said.
But still, the fans carried on, firing up the grills and celebrating with good food and good company.
"There's seven or eight RVs, they come every year. So we'll cook something, they'll cook something, we'll pass it back and forth," said LSU fan
Because the pride of the purple and gold cannot be beaten down.
"I love it here, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else, win or lose," Lovett said.
Kickoff for the game against Mississippi State is at 6 p.m. Saturday. LSU will premiere a new uniform during that game.