By: Madison Tucker
South Carolina looks to make their fourth appearance in the Outback Bowl. The Gamecocks will go up against the Michigan Wolverines on January 1, 2013 at 1 p.m EST. ESPN will broadcast the even from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Florida.
Going to the Outback Bowl, the Gamecocks have a 2-1 record, with their last appearance against Iowa in 2009. South Carolina did not fare well in that game, with a 31-10 loss. The Michigan Wolverines have a 3-1 record in Outback Bowl appearances, including their win over Florida, 38-30, in 2003.
Coach Steve Spurrier has now taken the Gamecocks to six bowls games, while no other coach in school history has taken the team to more than three. With Spurrier’s win against Clemson on November 24, he became South Carolina’s winningest coach. He is now 65-37 in his career at the helm for the Gamecocks.
The man to watch in the Outback Bowl with will be South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney. He is second in the country in sacks, and second in the country in tackles-for-loss per game. Jadeveon has produced five quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two pass backups, and 50 tackles. Clowney will be a force to watch against Michigan’s left tackle Taylor Lewan.
South Carolina heads into the matchup 10-2 for the season, whereas the Wolverines are 8-4. Defensively speaking, both teams are fairly comparable, but where South Carolina can do some damage is throwing the ball.
Michigan and South Carolina will meet for the third time in history, but just the first in a bowl game. The last time these two hooked up was in 1985 on the Gamecocks’ home field. Michigan had a big win in that game, with a 34-3 upset. This will also be the first time in Steve Spurrier’s career as a head coach that he has faced the Wolverines.
The Coaches and players are excited for their game against Michigan. Tickets are selling at $75 for reserved seats and $160 for club seats. If you are a Gamecock fan then cost is no object to be able to root your team on to what is hopefully its last victory of the season.