South Carolina will play Michigan in Outback Bowl

GoGamecocks staff and wire reportsDecember 2, 2012 

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The Outback Bowl is played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

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No. 11 South Carolina will represent the SEC against the Big Ten's No. 19 Michigan in the Outback Bowl, it was announced Sunday.

The New Year's Day game gets the third pick of participants from the Big Ten and SEC. The game is played at 1 p.m. Jan. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

"We are fired up and elated to be going to the Outback Bowl," Steve Spurrier said in announcing the bowl bid Sunday evening.

It will be the Gamecocks' fourth trip to the Outback Bowl since the 2000 season. USC won back-to-back games there against Ohio State after the 2000 and 2001 seasons, then lost to Iowa after the 2008 season.

The Gamecocks have been bowl-eligible during each of Spurrier's eight seasons as head coach. The team is 5-12 all-time in bowl games, including 2-4 under Spurrier.

Coach Brady Hoke's Michigan team finished the season 8-4, going 6-2 in the Big Ten and losing on the road to Nebraska and Ohio State. Michigan's other losses came to the teams that'll play for the national title — top-ranked Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama.

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