Update, Tuesday, March 29:
Baton Rouge is two steps away from the title of the South’s best college town after working its way through a bracket-style online voting competition run by Garden & Gun magazine.
Final-four voting continues until midnight (ET) March 31. Readers can vote once a day. The championship matchup will be announced Friday, April 1.
Baton Rouge defeated Denton, Texas; Columbia, Mo.; and Fayetteville, Ark., to reach a semifinal matchup with Oxford, Miss., which defeated Tuscaloosa, Ala. (!!!) in its latest match.
Blacksburg, Va., and Athens, Ga., are in the other semifinal match.
Is Baton Rouge the South’s best college town? What about Lafayette?
Garden & Gun magazine is leaving it to the public to decide with a March Madness-style bracket of 32 towns. Voting in the first round started Tuesday and ends at 11 p.m. Central time on March 20, followed by voting in Round 2 and so on. A winner will be determined on April 4.
Baton Rouge’s first-round foe? Denton, Texas.
Lafayette’s first-round matchup? College Station, Texas.
Should they continue to win, the Louisiana teams would meet in Round 3 for a shot at the final four.
The magazine picked college towns with populations under 315,000. Seventeen states are represented and broken into district regions.
In addition to voting for their favorites, fans may or may not decide to vote against the hometowns of their hated rivals. We’re looking at you, Tuscaloosa.