Tech fans know that the tailgating fun starts several hours before kick-off -- in the east parking lot of Jones Stadium, where hundreds of tailgaters packed parking lots around the stadium. NewsChannel 11 spent some time with die hard Tech tailgaters who say even mother nature can't put a damper on their tradition.
Ice down those coolers, fire up the grills, and get your guns up! Tech tailgating season is officially underway, and despite ominous clouds, tailgaters turned out in droves to back the Red Raiders.
"If it rains, it's not gonna hurt a thing," says Bill Lothringer.
And these die hard Tech fans say the key to a good tailgating party depends on much more than just the weather.
"We're having brisket ribs and sausage," says Steve Hodges.
"Some good food, ice cold beverages, and good music. If you get all those things together, I think rain or not, it's still fun I think," says Daniel Enabnit.
Some fans have grills the size of a small car strapped to the back of their trucks, cooking large amounts of sausage, ribs and just about anything else that will fit.
"I got anything someone would like -- mild, hot little bit of plain butter, seasoned butter," says John Hernandez.
Tailgaters say the reason for this tradition is to stand behind the team they love.
"Getting the spirit up and letting the team know and community know we're behind them. We need to get Tech fans out to watch Tech football, not Texas or A&M. We need to get people out for every football game -- let our team know we're behind them, not everyone else," says Bill Lothringer.
And no tailgating party is complete without game predictions.
"35-21 TTU," says one fan.
"42-10," says another.
"Tech's gonna thrash them," says Jeff Rogers.
"I'm gonna say Tech by 20. That's my prediction," says Marvin White.
Tailgaters say rain or shine, they'll be back next week to support Tech against New Mexico.