The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Michigan Wolverines meet for the first time in each program's history on Tuesday at the Outback Bowl. The Gamecocks enter this game having won four games in a row, including a win over the Clemson Tigers on Nov. 24.
The Wolverines on the other hand are limping into this game having lost their final game of the season to the Ohio St. Buckeyes, 26-21 after winning three games in a row. The Wolverines know that in order to win this game, they have to limit the effectiveness of the South Carolina defensive line, in particular Jadeveon Clowney, according to Anthony Mammel of Maize n Brew:
Clowney shouldn't ever be the unblocked man on a play, whether it be on inverted veers or classic zone reads, and most quick passes need to go away from him as well. He's going to demolish cut blocks and swat down slants and screens.
As for the Gamecocks, the writers on Garnet and Black Attack believe that containing Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson is the major key on the field that the Gamecocks need to accomplish to win, but they can also help themselves by not repeating their own history in bowl games:
This year, Carolina is nearly a touchdown favorite for a reason, but will we play like it? The good news is that we can hope that last year's impressive performance against a solid Nebraska team is the start of a new bowl trend. Let's hope that trend continues against Michigan.
Game date and time
January 1, 1 p.m. ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, Fla.
South Carolina favored by 4.5 points
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XM Satellite Radio Channel 85
Last year’s game
Michigan St. Spartans 33, Georgia Bulldogs 30 (3OT)
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