Michigan to face South Carolina in Outback Bowl
Written by Matt Pargoff   

Both programs will be led by different head coaches, but the bowl matchup is familiar for Michigan and South Carolina, facing off against each other in the Outback Bowl for the second time in six years.

The Wolverines and Gamecocks each enter the game at 8-4 and will face off on ESPN2 at noon on New Year’s Day.

South Carolina’s losses included an early 23-13 upset at the hands of Kentucky, a 24-17 loss at Texas A&M, a 24-10 defeat at Georgia and a 34-10 home loss in the season finale to Clemson.

The lone common opponent is Florida, which Michigan beat 33-17, and South Carolina knocked off 28-20.

In a matchup of similar strengths, the Gamecocks’ defense is well ahead of the offense, ranking No. 26 in points allowed nationally, while coming in as the No. 98 team in the nation in scoring offense.

In the previous meeting between the two programs, the Wolverines battled back from an 11-point deficit to grab the lead with 3:29 left on the clock on a Jeremy Gallon 17-yard touchdown catch. Unable to finish the game though, Michigan’s defense gave up an 11-play, 70-yard scoring drive, which ended on a 32-yard touchdown grab by Bruce Ellington with just 11 seconds remaining.

Michigan is 1-2 all-time against South Carolina, falling in 17-14 in 1980, while winning 34-3 in 1985.


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