The 2013 Outback Bowl picks are set to go here at Cappers Info, and we are ready to make our free bowl picks for all of the games on the schedule. Check out the South Carolina vs. Michigan picks and predictions for what should be a remarkable game.
Outback Bowl Picks: South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Michigan Wolverines
Date: Tuesday, January 1st, 1:00 ET
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
Outback Bowl Betting Odds: South Carolina -4.5
South Carolina vs. Michigan Live TV Coverage: ESPN
The Wolverines and the Gamecocks are going to be coming to the Outback Bowl this year, and this is a game that really could be a mismatch from the opening kickoff. Michigan has shown some promise this year, but this is also a team that was clocked by Nebraska in Lincoln, beaten in the Shoe by the Buckeyes, and challenged by the likes of Northwestern and Air Force. Not to mention the fact that the team was smashed by the Crimson Tide 41-14 in the opening game of the year. This isn’t a game that is quite that difficult, but it is a game with a similar feeling that is going to require this offense doing something special against a stout defense, something that it hasn’t been able to do all year long.
Head Coach Steve Spurrier has built up a juggernaut in the Gamecocks. They still haven’t quite made it to the BCS or the National Championship Game, but a 10-2 season this year really sent messages to the rest of the country that this team is once again going to be for real into the future as well. It’s just too bad that SC plays against the likes of the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs, or they would be prime contenders for all of the marbles year in and year out. Michigan is going to have to play well on defense, because as we have already seen in the past, DE Jadeveon Clowney has the ability to blow up an offense’s game plan all by himself. This offense for the Gamecocks though, is awfully suspect with RB Kenny Miles and RB Mike Davis carrying the load instead of RB Marcus Lattimore, and it is just as questionable with QB Connor Shaw calling the shots from behind center.
That being said, we think that this is going to ultimately look like a prototypical South Carolina game this year. Shaw won’t play all that well, but he’ll do enough to win the game by putting a few TDs on the board. That’s going to be more than enough to take care of a frustrated Michigan offense, which knows that it has a long road ahead to stop Clowney and the nation’s 12th ranked defense.
South Carolina vs. Michigan Pick: South Carolina Gamecocks -4.5
Outback Bowl Score Prediction: South Carolina 24 – Michigan 6