Outback Bowl Line & Pick Michigan Vs South CarolinaJosh Bailey
The Michigan Wolverines and South Carolina Gamecocks will both be looking to close out their seasons with a victory when they square off in the 2017 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium on Monday, January 1, 2018.
The college football oddsmakers have listed the Wolverines as 8-points favorites over the Gamecocks to win the Outback Bowl. Now, let’s find out what’s going down in this New Year’s Day bowl showdown.
Outback Bowl Line & Pick Feat. Michigan Vs South Carolina
Michigan Wolverines (8-4) at South Carolina Gamecocks (8-4)
When: Monday, January 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET
Where: Raymond James Stadium
Stream: Watch ESPN
College Football Odds: Michigan -8
Bet Michigan to win the Outback Bowl because…
Michigan lost their final two regular-season games by falling to Wisconsin and Ohio State, 31-20 in their finale on Nov. 25. the Wolverines struggled to score the ball by averaging a modest 25.8 points per game this season (88th) but had a really good defense that gave up just 18.2 points per contest (14th). The quarterback position has been a problem all season for head coach Jim Harbaugh, but Brandon Peters will likely get the start in this one with John O’Korn suffering a concussion. Peters has completed 57.8 percent of his passes for 486 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Running back Karan Higdon rushed for a team-high 929 yards and 11 touchdowns and will likely see a bunch of carries in this contest.
Bet South Carolina to win the Outback Bowl because…
South Carolina had their modest two-game winning streak snapped in their humbling 34-10 loss to ACC champion Clemson on Nov. 25 but the Gamecocks have not lost consecutive games this season. South Carolina averages a modest 24.1 points per game (99th) but limits the opposition to just 20.8 points per contest defensively (27th). Quarterback Jake Bentley is completing 62.4 percent of his passes this season for 2,555 yards with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while running back A.J. Turner had a modest campaign with a team-leading 517 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Outback Bowl Expert Pick
56 percent of public bettors like South Carolina in this contest and so do I, mostly because Michigan has had all sorts of problems at quarterback this season and South Carolina has a really good defense. The Wolverines are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while the Gamecocks have gone 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games. I have absolutely no idea why Michigan is even favored in this contest, but South Carolina is the super easy pick to cover the chalk people!