Outback Bowl: Michigan

The Gamecocks are back playing on New Year's Day against a familiar opponent. Here's some thoughts:

  • Michigan has the 12th best Scoring Defense this year, and the 84th best Scoring Offense. South Carolina is currently 28th and 99th. 
  • South Carolina is 2-1 against Michigan. The three meetings happened in 1980, 1985, and the Outback Bowl in 2013 (2012 season).
  • Michigan has one of the best D-lines in football, and news that Zack Bailey and Donel Stanley may be banged up doesn't bode well for SC. The current word is that they are expected to play.
  • This is the final bowl game for any Big10 team, and currently that conference is 7-0 this bowl season.

The smart money is on Michigan in this one. Their defense is really good and I don't see our Offense having much success against them. On the other hand SC's Defense is more than capable of handling the Wolverine Offense. I'm picking the Gamecocks to pull the upset in a defensive battle. Prediction: USC 17 - Michigan 14

Watch the previous meeting between the Gamecocks and the Wolverines below. This was one of the best games played in all of football during the 2012 season.