By The Associated Press
Michigan (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten Conference) vs. South Carolina (8-4, 5-3 Southeastern Conference), Jan. 1, 12 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Tampa, Florida
Michigan: LB Devin Bush is the team’s leading tackler with 94. The sophomore’s 9.5 tackles for loss include 5.0 sacks. He also has an interception.
South Carolina: QB Jake Bentley is 12-7 as a starter and has completed 63.6 percent of his career passes, which is second in school history.
Michigan: Jim Harbaugh has led the Wolverines to a bowl trip to Florida in each of his three seasons at the school. Michigan beat Florida 41-7 in the Citrus Bowl in his first season and then lost to Florida State 33-32 in the Orange Bowl last year.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks closed the regular season by winning five of their last seven games. The eight wins are the most they have had since 2013.
South Carolina beat Michigan 33-28 in the 2013 Outback Bowl. The game is remembered for Jadeveon Clowney becoming a household name with his huge hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith, which caused a fumble that Clowney also recovered.
Michigan is 21-24 in bowl games and has dropped three of its last four.
South Carolina is 8-13 in bowl games. Last year’s loss in the Birmingham Bowl snapped a four-game postseason win streak.
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