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East Texans in burnt orange gear up for big game

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – It's the night college football fans wait all year for: The National Championship Game.  East Texans rooted for The University of Texas.

Fans around town geared up in their best burnt orange game-day get-up.  One Texas fan was shopping this afternoon for a new U.T. hat.

"Buying a UT hat to complete my outfit."

Brandon Belt, a former longhorn baseball player, shared his longhorn pride.

"Well, growing up I was always a Texas fan, somewhere I always wanted to go. I've always like playing baseball. So naturally and when I got to go there I was really excited.  Played there for two years… Got to go to the National Championship there... I had a great time there and it was really hard leaving, but it was time to move on and now I play for the San Francisco Giants Organization," said Belt.

But as most Texas Longhorns know, you may leave campus, but you never stop bleeding burnt orange.

Fans hoped that Texas would come out strong and show Alabama that Texas is the best team in the county.

"I'm hoping to see that Texas offense that played the 5 games before the Big 12 Championship.  If they show up, there's a pretty good chance they'll win tonight," said Belt.

Sport fans have their unique game day traditions which include tailgating, wearing your team colors, and chanting your team's cheers.  However, for some fans it becomes a little more spiritual.  One East Texan explained what he did every game-day.

"Pray.  Pray for them to win."

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