By: Eric SanInocencio
Tuscaloosa, Ala. -- LSU took on Alabama this Saturday as the nation's two top teams met in what has been billed as the "Game of the Century". The SEC Digital Network was on hand, taking in the pregame festivities outside of Bryant-Denny Stadium. Check out the photos from our trip below.
Welcome To "Bamaland"
Though not the official welcome sign into Tuscaloosa, it served as a good barometer for the start of our trip. In what was a note of things to come, LSU fans marked off a spot in an area you'd think they weren't supposed to be at.
Baton Rouge In Town
Plenty of LSU fans made the trip to Tuscaloosa, complete with flags and signage reminding you of what team they supported. This RV was one of many we saw on site supporting the visiting team.
The National Championship Game?
This matchup between LSU and Alabama has been touted as perhaps this year's National Championship game. This Tiger inspired sign took that premise a step further.
The Official Welcome Sign
Though it took us a while to get there, we were finally greeted by this sign outside of the stadium. It signaled that we had actually made it.
ESPN "Gameday" In Town
The popular college football show, ESPN "Gameday", took over Tuscaloosa for the week. In this picture one Alabama fan poses with the logo for the Saturday morning broadcast.
The main "quad" area of campus was packed as you can imagine, with tons of tailgating tents (for both Alabama and LSU) littered across the grounds. Here's a look at one corner of the area as we neared game time.
A Party At Denny Chimes
Denny Chimes, the historic bell tower in the middle of Alabama's campus, was a popular spot during today's pregame activities. As you can see in the photo below, many fans congregated in this area in the hours before kickoff.
Greek Spirit In Tuscaloosa
Among the many fraternity and sorority houses on campus at Alabama, almost all of them were in support of the Crimson Tide on Saturday. Here's a look at one house, decorated for the big game.
Dressed For "Prime Time"
I'm going to be honest, I have no idea who these gentlemen are or who they represent, but I couldn't pass up this photo. They were dressed and ready for tonight's game, and posed for a picture just outside the gates at Bryant-Denny.
Overlooking It All
This is a look from one side of Bryant-Denny, an area overlooking the entire city as night fell.
LSU Band Preparing For Action
On my way toward the outside of the stadium, I noticed the LSU band in the middle of the street. The "Golden Band From Tigerland" was leading LSU fans in cheers and music just moments before the start of the game. Very cool to see as you walked around the area.