Outback Bowl: 10 Things You Need to Know About Michigan and South Carolina

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Outback Bowl: 10 Things You Need to Know About Michigan and South Carolina
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With numerous injuries and suspensions affecting both Michigan and South Carolina, it might be a good idea to have a program handy when the two teams meet in the Outback Bowl New Year's Day.

Running backs Fitz Toussaint of No. 18 Michigan and Marcus Lattimore of No. 10 South Carolina haven't played for some time, while starting Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson and starting Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw will play, but may be limited.

Toussaint, who emerged as Michigan's top tailback with 1,041 rushing yards in 2011, totaled 514 this year before an ankle injury suffered against Iowa Nov. 17 ended his season.

Lattimore, who decided to forego his season to turn pro, rushed for 662 yards before a leg injury in South Carolina's win over Tennessee Oct. 27 cut his season short.

Robinson, who has thrown for 6,250 yards and rushed for another 4,395 in his illustrious career, injured his throwing arm against Nebraska and hasn't thrown a pass since.

He will likely play his final game as a Wolverine returning kicks, playing wide receiver, or lining up in the backfield. While it's been kept quiet, don't be surprised if Robinson throws a pass or two just to keep the Gamecocks honest. Devin Gardner, who was a starting wide receiver earlier this season, will start at quarterback.

Shaw, who's been battling a foot injury, will most likely share the signal-calling duties with Dylan Thompson.

In addition to the injuries, Michigan has three players on the suspended list and South Carolina two. The Wolverines will be without punter Will Hagerup, reserve linebacker Brandin Hawthorne and starting cornerback J.T. Floyd.

South Carolina (10-2, 6-2) will miss reserve center Kyle Harris and wide receiver D.L. Moore.

The Gamecocks, who only lost at LSU and Florida, are listed as 5.5-point favorites (by USA Today), to beat the Wolverines. Michigan (8-4, 6-2) opened the season with an embarrassing loss to Alabama in the opener and a disappointing loss to Ohio State in the regular-season finale.

Here are a few more things to know about the teams as they prepare for Tuesday's bowl game.

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