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Fans from 'Bama, LSU party down for BCS title

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Alabama student Sara Berthaume taunts LSU students Joel Boudreaux, left, and Leif Dubois in the French Quarter before the BCS title football game in New Orleans, Jan. 9, 2012.

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AP reports: NEW ORLEANS - LSU and Alabama fans pitched tents, flew banners and cooked up Deep South staples like gumbo and barbecue in what had turned into a massive party ahead of Monday night's BCS national championship game.

Alabama fans started lining up at the stadium shortly after dawn to pick up tickets for the night's game, featuring the nation's two top-ranked college teams in a rematch of a November game won by LSU.

 

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LSU alumni, from left, Troy Aucion and Matt Sotile throw beads to fans in the French Quarter before the BCS title football game in New Orleans, Jan. 9, 2012.

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Fans cheer before the BCS National Championship college football game between LSU and Alabama, Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans.