South Carolina vs. Michigan - 1/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan Wolverines (8-4) at South Carolina Gamecocks (8-4)
College Football: Monday, January 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Raymond James Stadium)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +8 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds
The Michigan Wolverines and South Carolina Gamecocks meet Monday in the college football Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
The Michigan Wolverines head into this bowl game splitting their last eight games and hope to win at least nine games for the fourth time in the last seven years. The Michigan Wolverines have lost eight of their last 11 bowl appearances. Brandon Peters is completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 486 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Peters is probable for this game despite missing the Ohio State matchup due to a concussion. Grant Perry and Sean McKeon have combined for 592 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Zach Gentry has 15 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 186.3 yards per contest, and Karan Higdon leads the way with 929 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 18.3 points and 268.6 yards per game. Devin Bush leads the Michigan Wolverines with 94 tackles, Chase Winovich has eight sacks and Lavert Hill has two interceptions.
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The South Carolina Gamecocks have yet to lose back-to-back games this season and have a chance to win at least nine games for the first time since 2013. The South Carolina Gamecocks have won four of their last five bowl appearances. Jake Bentley is completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 2,555 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Bentley has one or less touchdown passes in each of his last six games. Bryan Edwards and Hayden Hurst have combined for 1,223 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Shi Smith has 26 receptions. The South Carolina Gamecocks ground game is averaging 127.2 yards per contest, and A.J. Turner leads the way with 517 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, South Carolina is allowing 20.8 points and 374.6 yards per game. Skai Moore leads the South Carolina Gamecocks with 88 tackles, D.J. Wonnum has six sacks and Keisean Nixon has two interceptions.
The Wolverines are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games on grass and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games in January. The Gamecocks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games. The under is 8-3 in Gamecocks last 11 games overall and the over is 23-9-1 in Wolverines last 33 games overall.
I'm not sure what the Michigan Wolverines have done this season to deserve laying this many points against anybody. Michigan continues to struggle on the offensive side of the ball, the defense caves due to being on the field too many times in tough spots and I'm not real confident in Jim Harbaugh getting his team prepared overall. Also, while I'm not trying to pick on the Wolverines, they don't have a single victory against a team with a winning record, as Purdue at 6-6 was the best team they beat this season. South Carolina held its own in the SEC this season, beating the teams its supposed to beat and three of its four losses were respectable and expected. The South Carolina Gamecocks play hard and get after it defensively. In my eyes, these teams have a lot in common. Play hard, defensive first and scoring can be like pulling teeth. I want points in my pocket.