An Atlanta couple is headed to see the Georgia Bulldogs in yet another National Championship game as a house divided.
Jake Espenlaub is a graduate of Texas Commonwealth University while his wife, Allison, is a Georgia Bulldog.
Channel 2′s Bryan Mims was at the couple’s house in northwest Atlanta Friday, where the couple never thought their teams would play against each other.
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Theirs is one of the few homes in metro Atlanta where both a TCU grad and a UGA grad live.
The couple likes to think of it as a friendly rivalry.
“I grew up hating Georgia,” Jake Espenlaub said. “I would say that I softened a little bit because of her, but I’m not a UGA fan by any means. She’s become a very big and I would say supportive TCU fan, probably because I’m a lot happier when TCU wins.”
Jake and Alison both grew up in Atlanta but he left town for college. Alison Espenlaud said she never thought the couple would have to compete against each other.
“I said, ‘Yeah! I’ll adopt the Frogs! They’ll never be competition to me or to Georgia.’ And here we are,” Alison Espenlaud said.
TCU, which was unranked at the start of the season, is taking on top-dog Georgia. It’s a David vs. Goliath story if there ever was one inside the Espenlaud house.
The couple is headed to the big game in California together, and of course, Alison wants the Dawgs to pull off a back-to-back championship. But she said she’ll still support her husband if TCU wins.
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“I’ll be excited for him because I think this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him and his team that no one thought they could do,” she said.
Jake Espenlaud said that if TCU wins, he’ll feel bad for Alison, but not for himself.
The couple leaves for California tomorrow. Their seats happen to be in the TCU fan section of the stadium.