STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA)--Cowbells, generators and the smell of BBQ on the Mississippi State campus means football season is back in full swing. But before the big game there is only one thing to do, tailgate.
"If somebody wants to come and get a plate, we feed them," MSU alumni James Johnson said. "We take care of them, they would do the same for us. That's how we do it here in Bulldog nation."
The Johnson family is one of many that camp out on campus to get the full game experience. The family said they use MSU football games not only to enjoy the sport, but as a tool to spend quality time with each other.
"We always set aside each game, today is family day," Johnson added. "The next time we may have all men and the next game we might do all girls or boys."
One thing tailgater's said is the rain would not stop the pregame tradition.
The McNese family has been tailgating since the early 80's. Normally the family is apart of the pregame group that sets up camp next to the stadium. But today they went with a more cautious location.
"We are trying to not let the rain spoil the whole day," MSU alumni Jesse McNese said. "So we are staying close to the vehicles today instead of venturing off to the big area over there."
No matter who the team plays or the outcome of the game MSU fans say tailgating with one another is what the pregame ritual is truly about. But with a new year and SEC football on the schedule MSU fans have big expectation for the Bulldogs.