The 1935 LSU squad finished the regular season 9–1 and as SEC champions with loss coming against Rice in the season opener. The Sugar Bowl appearance marked the first ever postseason bowl game for LSU.
The 1935 TCU squad finished the regular season with a record of 11–1. The only loss of the season came in their final conference game against SMU by a score of 20–14. The appearance marked the first for TCU in the Sugar bowl and the second all-time bowl appearance.