Outback Bowl Odds
South Carolina is 10-2 on the season and 8-4 against the spread while Michigan is 8-4 overall and 5-7 against the spread. Michigan split the over/under total this season while South Carolina hit the over 7 times this season. These two have no recent meetings.
Trends show that South Carolina is 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 games following a win and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games on grass. Michigan is 1-4-1 against the spread in their last 6 games at a neutral site and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, South Carolina is the favorite in this game, as the Gamecocks have odds of -5 points against Michigan. The over/under total has been set at 47.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this bowl game had South Carolina favored by 4.5 points. The spread hit a peak of 5.5 points and a low of 3.5 before closing at South Carolina -5.
South Carolina ended the regular season on a four-game winning streak, including a 27-17 victory over Clemson. The Gamecocks had their two losses come against LSU and Florida. South Carolina has been led this season by a strong defense, which is allowing just 17.4 points per game. The offense still averaged 31.4 points per game, but they still have trouble moving the ball. Quarterback Connor Shaw is leading the team, thrown for 1,732 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Michigan is coming off a 26-21 loss to Ohio State to end the regular season. The Wolverines went 6-2 in the Big Ten, losing to the Buckeyes and Nebraska. The Michigan offense averaged 30 points per game this season, while the defense allowed just 18.8 points per game. Denard Robinson has led the team with 1,319 passing yards and 1,166 rushing yards. However, Devin Gardner will start at quarterback. He has thrown for 1,005 yards and eight touchdowns over the final four games of the season. Robinson will still be used, but won’t be the starting quarterback.
In terms of Injuries, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will not play due to a knee injury while linebacker Cedrick Cooper is expected to miss this game with a knee injury. Michigan linebacker Brandin Hawthorne, punter Will Hagerup and cornerback J.T. Floyd have all been suspended for the game.
The Public Bets for this bowl game are backing South Carolina. The Gamecocks are getting 73% of the wagers with odds of -5 points against Michigan on Tuesday.