The Outback Bowl is an audition of sorts for Brandon Peters.
He is Michigan's unquestioned starting quarterback entering the Jan. 1 contest against South Carolina but somebody else could be deemed the answer during the spring.
Even the upcoming transfer by former starter Wilton Speight isn't a help. Not with Mississippi transfer Shea Patterson arriving and hot-shot freshman Dylan McCaffrey ready to stake his claim for the job after a redshirt season.
Peters has earned high praise for his game instincts and competitiveness. It also hasn't hurt that he still hasn't thrown his first career college interception. He has completed 37 of 64 passes for 486 yards and four touchdowns.
But coach Jim Harbaugh is committed to conducting a competition in the spring as he is fond of saying there is always an opportunity for everyone in his program.
Yet Harbaugh also knows the dangers that lurk when you're a quarterback. After all, he was once released by a team (the San Diego Chargers in 2000) who decided colossal bust Ryan Leaf was the better signal-caller.
So Harbaugh is aware of how Peters should be feeling about the situation.
The Wolverines and Gamecocks both bring 8-4 records into the game. They have met in the Outback Bowl before, and that Jan. 1, 2013, meeting is remembered more for a singular play than the actual outcome.
That was the contest in which then-South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney delivered the hit that went viral and remains one of the fiercest blows in recent college football history.
Clowney broke through the line unblocked and clobbered Michigan's Vincent Smith in the backfield. Smith's helmet went flying and so did the ball with Clowney recovering as the most memorable moment of the Gamecocks' 33-28 victory.
While there are no Clowney-like dominators on the Gamecocks this season, the defense did allow 20 or fewer points in five of their victories.
Michigan Wolverines vs South Carolina Gamecocks VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions
Michigan Wolverines vs South Carolina Gamecocks Betting Odds
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Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: Michigan Wolverines -8 and Over/Under 43 according to Bovada Sportsbook
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
Betting Odds Trends
|Michigan is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Michigan's last 7 games|
|South Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games|
|Ty Isaac||RB||Prob Mon - Lower Body - 12/26/17||Isaac is expected to be on the field for the Outback Bowl against South Carolina despite a lower-body injury.|
|Brandon Peters||QB||Prob Mon - Concussion - 12/26/17||Peters missed the last two games due to a concussion-like symptoms but is expected to play in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina.|
|Ben Bredeson||OL||Ques Mon - Undisclosed - 12/30/17||Bredeson has an unspecified injury and his status is unclear for the Outback Bowl against South Carolina.|
|Grant Perry||WR||Ques Mon - Undisclosed - 12/30/17||Perry is dealing with an undisclosed injury and it is unknown if he will play in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina.|
|Juwann Bushell-Beatty||OL||Ques Mon - Undisclosed - 12/30/17||Bushell-Beatty is limited by an unspecified ailment and his availability for the Outback Bowl against South Carolina is in question.|
|Nico Collins||WR||Ques Mon - Ankle - 12/26/17||Collins missed the last three games with an ankle injury and it is unknown if he will play in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina.|
|Nick Eubanks||TE||Ques Mon - Head - 12/26/17||Eubanks has been out with a head injury and it is undetermined if he will play in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina.|
|Tarik Black||WR||Out indefinitely - Foot - 9/18/17||Black requires surgery to fix a crack in his foot and will miss a substantial amount of time.|
|Donovan Jeter||DL||out for season - Lower Body - 9/13/17||Jeter had surgery to repair an injury to his lower body and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.|
|Luiji Vilain||DL||Out Mon - Lower Body - 12/30/17||Vilain has been sidelined by a lower body injury and will not return for the Outback Bowl against South Carolina.|
|Grant Newsome||OL||Out indefinitely - Knee - 8/30/17||Newsome is recovering from a life-threatening knee injury and may miss the entire 2017 season.|
|Shi Smith||WR||Prob Mon - Ankle - 12/26/17||Smith is dealing with a sore ankle but is expected to play in the Outback Bowl against Michigan.|
|A.J. Turner||RB||Prob Mon - Ankle - 12/26/17||Turner is expected to play in the Outback Bowl against Michigan despite an ankle injury.|
|K.C. Crosby||TE||Prob Mon - Leg - 12/26/17||Crosby is likely to return for the Outback Bowl against Michigan as he is expected to be recovered from a broken fibula.|
|Aaron Thompson||DL||Ques Mon - Undisclosed - 12/30/17||Thompson is bothered by an undisclosed injury and his status is unclear for the Outback Bowl against Michigan.|
|Zack Bailey||OL||Ques Mon - Undisclosed - 12/30/17||Bailey picked up an undisclosed ailment, leaving his availability for the Outback Bowl against Michigan in question.|
|Sherrod Greene||LB||Ques Mon - Undisclosed - 12/28/17||Greene is dealing with an unknown injury and it is unclear if he will play in the Outback Bowl against Michigan.|
|Donell Stanley||OL||Ques Mon - Undisclosed - 12/28/17||Stanley is dealing with an unknown injury and it is unclear if he will play in the Outback Bowl against Michigan.|
|Antoine Wilder||LB||Ques Mon - Elbow - 12/26/17||Wilder missed the last game with a shoulder injury and it is undetermined if he will play in the Outback Bowl against Michigan.|
|Rico Dowdle||RB||Doub Mon - Leg - 12/30/17||Dowdle suffered a fractured fibula and is not expected to return against Michigan in the Outback Bowl.|
|Jamyest Williams||DB||Out Mon - Shoulder - 12/26/17||Williams is not expected to play in the Outback Bowl against Michigan due to a shoulder injury.|
|Malik Young||OL||Out indefinitely - Ankle - 11/11/17||Young has been sidelined by an ankle injury and it is unclear when he might make a return to action.|
|Terry Googer||WR||Out indefinitely - Concussion - 11/11/17||Googer has been sidelined by a concussion and it is unclear when he might make a return to the field.|
|Bryson Allen-Williams||LB||out for season - Shoulder - 9/25/17||Allen-Williams suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.|
|Deebo Samuel||WR||Out indefinitely - Leg - 10/25/17||Samuel suffered a broken leg and is in danger of miss the remainder of the regular season but is likely to play in the team's bowl game, should they be awarded one.|
|Kyle Markway||TE||Out indefinitely - Ribs - 11/26/17||Markway has been recovering from fractured ribs and it is undetermined when he will return to the lineup.|
|Jerad Washington||WR||out for season - Leg - 9/3/17||Washington suffered a leg injury and will miss the remainder of the season.|
|Tavyn Jackson||DB||Out indefinitely - Hamstring - 10/30/17||Jackson has yet to play this season due to a hamstring injury and it is unknown when he will make his season debut.|
|Jaylin Dickerson||DB||out for season - Shoulder - 8/15/17||Dickerson is expected to miss the 2017 season after undergoing surgery to repair nerve damage in his shoulder.|
|1/1/13||SOCAR 33||MICH 28||5.5/47.5||W/O||71||-56||127|
Michigan Last 10
|11/18/17||@ WIS||L 10-24||6.5/41.5||L/U||-91||-124||33|
|11/11/17||@ MD||W 35-10||-14.5/48||W/U||-35||-20||-15|
|10/21/17||@ PSU||L 13-42||7.5/42||L/O||-237||-121||-116|
|10/14/17||@ IND||W 27-20||-7/44||P/O||51||191||-140|
|9/23/17||@ PUR||W 28-10||-12/51||W/U||234||109||125|
South Carolina Last 10
|11/4/17||@ UGA||L 10-24||23.5/44.5||W/U||-168||-199||31|
|10/14/17||@ TENN||W 15-9||2.5/45||W/U||70||74||-4|
|9/30/17||@ TAM||L 17-24||7/50.5||P/U||-117||-214||97|