Alabama thrives in neutral-site games
August, 28, 2013
By Alex Scarborough | ESPN Insider
Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesAlabama's players can look at the Georgia Dome as another home field. The Crimson Tide have won three big games in a row in Atlanta, including the SEC championship in 2012.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The way Brian Vogler looks at it, Alabama is the home team and Virginia Tech will be its guests when the teams meet in the Georgia Dome on Saturday night. Though there's been no official designation for who's the home team in the neutral site game, Alabama's junior tight end feels his team has earned the right to call the stadium in the heart of Atlanta home.
"What it means to play in there," he said, "for us, it's the SEC championship. You sort of take pride as an SEC team having an ACC team you want to defend what is essentially your home. Just the pride of playing in the Georgia Dome, for us, as you could say reigning SEC champions, so I guess you could say it's our home."
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