This will be a classic matchup of good offense meets great defense. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is one of college football’s best players and will be a top 10 pick whenever he enters the NFL draft, and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is an exciting player who can change games with one play with his feet.
Michigan is technically the third team in the Big 10 this year, earning them a right to play in this bowl, but they lucked out with Ohio State being sanctioned and missing postseason opportunities. The 8-4 Wolverines will have their hands full with a 10-2 South Carolina team that only lost to Florida and LSU this season. They man-handled Georgia 35-7 in their best win of the season.
Though the Gamecocks will be without their best offensive weapon as Marcus Lattimore suffered yet another horrendous season-ending injury. His career could be in jeopardy after suffering back-to-back season-ending injuries to his legs.
Michigan played in the Outback Bowl back in 2002, beating Florida 38-30. They’ll need a terrific performance from their quarterback duo if they want a chance in this game. They nearly pulled off a miraculous upset against Ohio State, losing by just five, and play a South Carolina team that only allows 17.4 points per game.
It will be tough to repeat the exciting matchup of last year’s Outback Bowl. Michigan State beat Georgia 33-30 in triple overtime. This is a mismatch on paper, but as we all know, anything can happen come bowl season.