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Something has to give at the Georgia Dome

The Georgia Dome is one of the finest facilities in the country to play a football game.

But it’s been a House of Horrors for Tennessee, and it hasn’t exactly been a playground for Virginia Tech.

The Vols haven’t won a football game in the Georgia Dome since their SEC championship game victory over Mississippi State in 1998. They’ve lost five straight, which includes three SEC championship games and two Chick-fil-A Bowls.

The Hokies lost to Alabama in the Georgia Dome to open this season and also lost to Georgia in the 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Obviously, something has to give Thursday night when Tennessee and Virginia Tech clash in this year’s Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Not only has Tennessee not had much success recently in Atlanta, but the Vols’ most crushing defeat of at least the past two decades came in the Georgia Dome. They were No. 2 in the BCS standings in 2001 coming off an epic win at Florida and poised to play in the Rose Bowl for the national championship.

But LSU, despite losing its starting quarterback and starting running back, upset Tennessee 31-20 in the SEC championship game.

Many in and around the program still feel like that was where it all turned south for Phillip Fulmer. The Vols were never completely the same after that loss.