His father and other family lives in Duncan, but Gavin — a freshman in high school — lives with his mother, Leann Thompson in Minneapolis.
He already has an application to the school hanging on his refrigerator at home.
Leann, along with her mother Carole Hedlund, brought Gavin to New Orleans.
“It's the trip of a lifetime,” Leann said. “I told him it was Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, Happy New Year, Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Fourth of July all wrapped up into one.”
Gavin expects a close game but thinks the Sooners will come out ahead.
“I think they might win by a field goal,” Gavin said. “Their running game and pass defense give them a chance.”
Even though James isn't giving the Sooners much of a chance, he couldn't pass up the chance to make the trip from Edmond with his wife, uncle and cousins for the game.
“It's my first bowl game and I had an opportunity to come,” James said. “The way I look at it, these are two of the best college football programs in history with all the national championships that they've won, so you can't ask for a better bowl matchup.”