The teams last played in 2013, with South Carolina capturing an exciting 33-28 win in a back-and-forth contest that attained instant classic status when The Hit happened.
My knee-jerk, gut reaction: Meh. It’s hard for me to get excited about a repeat matchup, even if it was four years ago. Bowl games are a chance to see some variety, but it feels like the Gamecocks are in a bit of a rut in that regard and I’m frankly just kind of bored by Big Ten opponents.
On the bright side, the Outback Bowl is fairly prestigious as far as mid-tier bowls go — it’s played in a destination city and also on New Year’s Day. Throw in the Jim Harbaugh factor and this game could end up being pretty high profile. Not a bad reward for an 8-4 season.