, Louisiana (PressExposure) April 08, 2009 -- Geaux Tigers is the cheer for the LSU Tigers for this college football team with a French-Creole influence due to its large Louisiana fan base. The Tigers, also known by locals as the Bayou Bengals, have a rich history in the south, as well as the country for their great football teams and rabid fan base. LSU stadium is dubbed by fans as Death Valley and it is almost impossible for an opposing team to function properly when playing in Baton Rouge. In fact, during one game, the fans cheered so loud it actually showed up on the Richter scale because of the tremors that resounded from the stadium.
LSU has been a successful program and one the most successful programs in the Southern United States and the country. The team is currently is 12th most winningest program in NCAA Football History and they are 4th in their conference in Winning percentage. The team won its first national title in 1958, however after that they went on a national title drought that lasted 45 years.
LSU returned to national prominence in the early 2000's when Nick Saban arrived to return the team to the national stage. Saban took very little team in returning the team to elite status by his recruiting methods and bringing the most highly prized recruits to Baton Rouge. LSU would end their national title drought in 2003 by winning the Sugar Bowl in nearby New Orleans by beating Oklahoma. The victory was even better because it was celebrated in the state of Louisiana. The victory came at a price though as head coach Nick Saban left for the NFL and the team was thought to be put back into a rebuilding mode, however new head coach Les Miles would not allow that to happen and LSU remained in the country's elite winning another national title in 2007.
LSU has now become one of the most respected teams in all of college football due to the success they have experienced in this decade especially considered that they have maintained this success under two head coaches. It also does not hurt that they have one of the most rabid fan bases in all of sports not just College Football.
LSU football fans are known primarily for the party atmosphere that they create at home games for their beloved Bayou Bengals, including tailgating which is renowned for its Mardi gras like feel. Some fans will begin their tailgating parties' days before games, especially night games. Night games at Death Valley are dreaded by the opposing team for the raucous environment inside the stadium. Many opposing players find it hard to play inside the stadium because of the lack of communication with teammates because the noise is so deafening. The LSU faithful is what makes LSU one of the most storied programs in all of college football.