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Odds: Gamecocks pegged as Outback Bowl underdogs to Michigan

Vegas apparently doesn’t want free Bloomin’ Onions and is taking the Wolverines in this one.

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The South Carolina Gamecocks will hit the road to Tampa on New Year’s Day for an Outback Bowl rematch against Michigan as 7.5-point underdogs.

The betting line has held steady since it opened, occasionally creeping up to Michigan by 8.

The Wolverines finished fourth in the Big Ten East, compiling a 5-4 conference record and going 8-4 overall. With an excellent defense and discombobulated offense, Michigan shares some similarities with the Gamecocks. The Wolverines’ program is in a different place, however: bitter losses to rivals Michigan State and Ohio State have some re-examining their expectations for coach Jim Harbaugh, and incredibly, the Wolverines have not beaten a team with a winning record this season. Much like the Gamecocks, Michigan will be looking to end the year on a high note and enter the offseason with positive momentum.

The over/under is set at 43. South Carolina is 7-4-1 against the spread this season, while the Wolverines are 5-6-1.