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Outback Bowl 2013: 5 Michigan Starters Better Than South Carolina Counterparts
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South Carolina, with its potent offense, solid defense and SEC “superiority” is a 5.5-point favorite to beat Michigan in the upcoming Outback Bowl.

The Gamecocks, however, will be playing without running back Marcus Lattimore, arguably their top offense player. Michigan, meanwhile, will most likely be without running back Fitz Toussaint, who is recovering from a lower leg injury suffered in the win over Iowa Nov. 17.

In addition, a nerve injury to quarterback Denard Robinson's throwing arm won't keep him out of the lineup, but he hasn't thrown a competitive pass since the Oct. 27 meeting with Nebraska.

Meeting another SEC team could be no picnic for the Wolverines, who were crushed by Alabama in the season opener and by Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl two years ago. The SEC has also won six straight national championships and is often proclaimed as the best conference in college football.

But the Wolverines have won five of their last seven bowl games against SEC rivals, often showcasing some great players.

Who can forget Chad Henne's 373 passing yards in Michigan's win over Florida in the 2008 Capital One Bowl or Tom Brady's 369-yard passing performance in the 2000 Orange Bowl win over Alabama?

There's no doubt Michigan will have to play a near-perfect game game to secure an upset.

Granted, South Carolina has superior or similar personnel at several positions, but the Wolverines have their share of great ones.

Here are five of them who are better at their respective positions than their South Carolina counterparts.

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