New Year’s Day brings an intriguing matchup as the No. 10 South Carolina Gamecocks and the No. 18 Michigan Wolverines head down to Tampa, Florida for the Outback Bowl in a game showcasing two of the most recognizable stars in college football.
Denard Robinson’s senior season might not have gone the way he wanted in terms of a Big 10 Championship for Michigan or the Heisman Trophy for himself, but he is still the focus of the Wolverines, accounting for 2,509 yards in 2012. He will certainly be looking to finish his career on a high note against the Gamecocks.
And for the Gamecocks, Jadeveon Clowney has made his presence on the national stage as one of college football’s most standout and fearsome defensive ends. The sophomore’s 13 sacks puts him third in the country in that category, and he has found himself on the shortlist for the Lombardi, Nagurski, and Hendricks Awards this season along with First Team All-American honors. Without a doubt, Clowney’s presence will be at the foremost of Michigan’s focus in keeping the Gamecocks’ 12th ranked defense at bay.
On the coaching end, Steve Spurrier has the opportunity to get South Carolina to its second consecutive season at 11 wins and build toward what could be a season of even more promise in 2013 while Brady Hoke, like Robinson, looks to salvage what has been a disappointing season with his second bowl game victory in as many years with the Wolverines.
Find out everything you need to know about the meeting between Gamecocks and the Wolverines in this complete game preview.