The Michigan Wolverines attempt to cool Jim Harbaugh’s seat by finishing a disappointing season with a win in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina – the runner up in the SEC East.
Michigan vs. South Carolina Spread and Betting Analysis
The Wolverines lost against all the good teams on their schedule and beat the bad and mediocre ones. Michigan finished the season with losses at Wisconsin and at home against hated rival Ohio State. Big Blue went 8-4 straight up, 5-6-1 against the spread and the over went 6-5-1 in the team’s 12 contests. The under is 11-1 the last 12 times Michigan has faced an SEC opponent. South Carolina improved its position in its conference by going winning five of its eight SEC games. The Gamecocks finished the season 8-4 SU and 6-4-2 ATS. The under cashed in three of South Carolina’s last four games and eight of its 12 games on the year. USC is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games as an underdog.
Sports Interaction bettors are split on which team will cover the 7.5-point spread but nearly 90 percent think the game will go over the 42.5-point game total.
The Wolverines started three different quarterbacks during the season but Brandon Peters was by far the one signal caller the fan base was most excited about. He started three games but only played two games start to finish. The redshirt freshman wasn’t asked to take many risks and he wound up tossing four touchdowns with no picks while he completed 58 percent of his pass attempts. He missed the last three games of the season because of a head injury but he will start for Big Blue against the Gamecocks.
Michigan’s strength is still its defence. Harbaugh’s squad finished third in total defence and first against the pass in the country. South Carolina could be in hot water if Michigan gets out to an early lead.
South Carolina Gamecocks
It’s true the Gamecocks exceeded preseason projections but it’s hard not to think about what could have been if it hadn’t been for an inept offensive attack. South Carolina finished 108th total offence and 98th in scoring. Head coach Will Muschamp decided to let go of offensive coordinator Kurt Roper after USC’s 34-10 loss to Clemson in the regular season finale.
Wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon will take care of the offensive play-calling duties for the Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl.