South Carolina favored by 5 against Michigan in Outback Bowl


Outback Bowl

Time: 1 p.m.

Where: Tampa

Records: No. 11 South Carolina 10-2; No. 19 UM 8-4.


Radio: 100.7

Series: Tied, 1-1

Favorite: South Carolina by 5

Notes: Michigan and South Carolina meet for the first time in more than 27 years. UM won 34-3 in the last meeting on Sept. 21, 1985 in Columbia, S.C., and lost to the Gamecocks 17-14 on Sept. 27, 1980 at Michigan Stadium. … Michigan is 20-21 in bowl games. … Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Devin Gardner will start at quarterback. Gardner started the final four regular-season games after an injury to Denard Robinson. Hoke also said Vincent Smith, Thomas Rawls, and Justice Hayes will rotate at tailback, contingent upon the situations that the offense will face. … South Carolina’s running game has averaged 142.9 yards, while Michigan’s has averaged 187.3. … Both Hoke and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said the health of their teams is good, and Spurrier said quarterback Connor Shaw (foot sprain) is “100 percent.” … Robinson needs 86 yards to set a new NCAA FBS quarterback career rushing record. West Virginia’s Pat White set the current record of 4,480 from 2005-2008. … It’s been more than five weeks since the Gamecocks and the Wolverines played their last game — South Carolina defeated Clemson 27-17 on Nov. 24, while Ohio State defeated Michigan 26-21 on the same day.