My 2013 Outback Bowl picks between the Michigan Wolverines and the South Carolina Gamecocks are all set and ready to go here at Cappers Info. The Outback Bowl kickoff starts at 1:00 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, FL, and I’m going to be your expert college football handicapper that points you towards the winning bet for the Michigan vs. South Carolina game.
2013 Outback Bowl
South Carolina Gamecocks (10-2, 8-4 ATS) -4.5
Michigan Wolverines (8-4, 5-7 ATS) +4.5
There are only two words that you need to know about this game if you are a Michigan fan: Jadeveon. Clowney. The freshman defensive end is clearly a force to be reckoned with. He single handedly blew apart the Clemson Tigers this year, and he finished up the campaign with 13 total sacks. This is a man that literally does everything, and he has the speed to chase down QB Denard Robinson and QB Devin Gardner, both of which try to use their legs to get themselves out of all sorts of trouble. The truth of the matter is that the Michigan offense really hasn’t done much to impress me this year, as it has averaged just 13.3 points per game against teams ranked in the Top 25 in total defense this year. That just isn’t going to cut it to get this game to the ‘total’ in all likelihood.
It’s not like South Carolina’s offense has been all that impressive either. The team only put up 24 against the Wofford Terriers, and it really only put up 27 against the Clemson Tigers thanks to the fact that the defense had such a remarkable game that forced Clemson into a ton of terrible spots. This is an offense that ranks 66th in the country passing and 85th in rushing, and matters are made worse by the fact that RB Marcus Lattimore’s time with the Gamecocks is over thanks to the injuries and the fact that he is going to the NFL after this year is over with. QB Connor Shaw has the potential to be great, but like QB Stephen Garcia before him, he just isn’t living up to his potential. Shaw and the South Carolina QBs have combined this year for 24 TD passes against just nine picks, but combined, they don’t have 3,000 yards through the air.
It’s just not a pretty game in my eyes. Michigan did its job in the first half against the Buckeyes on the road, but it really just had nothing going in the second half of that one, which is why the game was ultimately lost. South Carolina isn’t going to do anything to overwhelm Big Blue, but in the end, it will do enough to get a victory and little more. Don’t be surprised if neither of these teams end up getting even in the 20s, let alone in the high-20s or 30s, and I think that it’ll take at least 28 South Carolina points to have a chance to beat us. I just don’t see it happening.
South Carolina vs. Michigan Picks & Tips: Under 47.5