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The Wolverines own a 20-21 all-time bowl record and are playing in a January bowl game for the 14th time in the past 16 bowl trips. The 20 victories rank 14th all-time for bowl wins, while the program’s 42 postseason appearances are 11th among BCS conference institutions. This will be the fifth time that U-M plays in the Outback Bowl as the Wolverines own a 3-1 all-time mark in four previous Outback/Hall of Fame Bowl appearances (1988, 1994, 1997, 2003). Michigan has compiled a 7-4 record all-time against the SEC in bowl games. The most recent bowl matchup with the SEC came in the 2011 Gator Bowl, a 52-14 loss to Mississippi State on New Year’s Day. Prior to that meeting, U-M earned a 41-35 victory over Florida in the 2008 Capital One Bowl. U-M has a 23-7-1 all-time record against schools from the SEC.
South Carolina followed up a school-record 11-win season in 2011 with another 10-win season in 2012. It’s the first time Carolina has logged back-to-back double-digit winning seasons, and just the third 10-win campaign in school history. This is the Gamecocks’ fourth trip to the Outback Bowl. They are 2-1 in previous Outback Bowls, defeating Ohio State in back-to-back years in 2001 (24-7) and 2002 (31-28), before falling to Iowa in the 2009 contest by a 31-10 score. The 2013 Outback Bowl marks Carolina’s 18th bowl appearance as the Gamecocks are 5-12 all-time in the postseason. They dropped their first eight bowl games, won three straight, lost four of the next five, and captured last year’s Capital One Bowl. The Gamecocks are 4-9 all-time against teams that currently comprise the Big Ten, although that includes an 0-3 record against Nebraska and 0-2 mark versus Penn State prior to the schools joining the conference.