Like others, my dad started taking me to games so early that my very first memories are hazy and blurry at best. The first thing I fell in love with as a kid was Mike the Tiger. The second thing was the band. This was around 1978/1979.
The thing that stuck out at me right off the bat, was LSU vs Tulane. That was a completely different animal back then. I remember asking my dad why people got so mad because we saw a few fist fights. It was like that. He told me to stay close and not to repeat anything I heard.
Overall, I remember the atmosphere being much more rowdy, loud, I remember hearing people randomly yell "Gooooooooooo Tiiiiiiiigggggeeeeerrrrs!" You don't hear that much anymore.