Michigan, South Carolina Sign Outback Bowl Contract

On Thursday night the Michigan Wolverines and South Carolina Gamecocks signed the contract agreeing to play in the 2018 Outback Bowl in Tampa.

“I appreciate all the Michigan fans here being patriotic,” said head coach Jim Harbaugh. “Our team is excited too.”

This year’s Outback Bowl is a rematch of the 2013 bowl game between Michigan and South Carolina where the Gamecocks took home the victory. South Carolina comes to Tampa for their fourth Outback Bowl appearance.

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp communicates with his staff during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Clemson on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Columbia, S.C. Photo: AP Photo/Sean Rayford.

“We’re excited about our matchup,” said head coach Will Muschamp. “Our program has made a lot of progress, it won three games three years ago, six games last year, eight this year hoping for nine.”

This is Muschamp’s second year with the Gamecocks. He previously coached at the University of Florida before leading South Carolina to the Birmingham Bowl in his first year with the school.

“We’re playing an outstanding team Michigan,” said Muschamp. “When you talk in terms of history and tradition of college football, it doesn’t get better than the University of Michigan.”

Last year Michigan played Florida State in the Orange Bowl, and in 2015 the Wolverines played Florida in the Citrus Bowl.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh gestures to his team during warmups before an NCAA college football game against Ohio State, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Photo: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio.

“We know we’re playing a heck of a team in South Carolina, very well coached, they’ve got tough schemes,” said Harbaugh. “It’s a hard team, so we’re busy right now and excited about the practices we get.”

The Outback Bowl kicks off on January 1 at 12:00 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.