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Outback Bowl - Michigan vs. South Carolina

Raymond James Stadium

January 1, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. ET

The University of Michigan Wolverines will make their 46th bowl appearance on January 1, 2018 in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL. This will be Michigan’s 6th trip to the Outback Bowl and the Wolverines hold a 3-2 record in Tampa. The opponent is the South Carolina Gamecocks.

South Carolina finished 2nd in the East Division of the SEC, behind Georgia. The Gamecocks finished the season 8-4, same as Michigan. The Gamecocks lost to National Playoff teams Clemson and Georgia. Will Muschamp is the coach of the Cocks. He inherited a 3-9 team and has improved the team to 6-7 in 2016 and 8-4 this year. The Gamecocks are ranked in the top 20 in defense but have an offense that produced just 340 yards per game (107th in the country). QB Jake Bentley threw for 2,555 yards with 16 TDs plus led the team in rushing TDs with 6. He also threw 11 interceptions and had one of the lowest yards per attempt average in the nation. So look for a short passing attack with an ineffective running game thrown in.

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The SC defense is led by senior Skai Moore at linebacker. He led the Cocks in tackles and interceptions. South Carolina led the SEC in forced turnovers with 23 and also is one of the leading teams in the nation in committing the fewest penalties. The Carolina kicker missed 9 of 12 field goal attempts beyond 40 yards.

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It has not been a bad season for Michigan. Their four losses have been to teams with a combined 42-8 record. But the season has been a disappointment in that there are no signature wins on the record. We lost to every good team that we played. Sure, this is a very young team. But we must play better. History has shown that a strong bowl performance can elevate a team for the next year. Michigan is in position to have a strong finish and put an exclamation point on the season. Our defense should be able to control the weak South Carolina offense and our offense should be healthy enough to score. Brandon Peters will start at QB and all the seniors, including Maurice Hurst, are expected to play. The team is motivated to finish the season on a high note.

Michigan and South Carolina have met just three times with South Carolina holding a 2-1 advantage. Michigan is 25-8-1 against the SEC.

The Wolverines are an 8 point favorite.

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