MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – A showdown in the capital city this weekend.
Players from historically black colleges and universities faced off for the inaugural Russell Athletics HBCU Bowl Saturday.
Things were just as exciting outside Cramton Bowl as football fans braved the cold weather tailgating and cheering their teams to victory.
"This is something that I really wanted to come to see," says Altar Roberts, a student at Alabama A&M University.
"It's very exciting for the people of Montgomery and the people of Alabama," says Errol Jones, a fan who drove down from Huntsville.
Fans from all over the country made their way to Montgomery to watch their favorite players take the field in a showcase game.
"I came out to the game to support my players from A and M, we have four players in the ball game," says Jones.
Seeing these players receive national attention is something fans say is important.
"They get an opportunity for them to showcase what they can do," says Jones.
"Just the excitement you have got black colleges coming from all around, you got alumni, and these guys are playing in the game and watching the game it's a good experience," says Roberts.
Scouts from all 32 NFL teams were in town to checking out more than 90 players.