South Carolina has not won back-to-back bowl games since the Outback Bowls after the 2000 and 2001 seasons, when the Gamecocks defeated Ohio State in both games. The second Outback Bowl was actually USC’s third straight bowl victory, including the 1994 Carquest Bowl. Before the 1994 season, USC was 0-8 in bowl games. USC coach Steve Spurrier is 2-4 in bowl games with the Gamecocks, including last year’s win over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. As he prepares for the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Michigan, Spurrier knows the importance of the game, and not just because a victory would tie last season’s program-best 11-2 record.
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