ESPN’s Monday Night Football announce crew Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth calling tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium between South Carolina and Michigan. The game kicks off at 1:00 p.m.
Locally, WFLA 970 AM will carry the radio broadcast of the game. Jack Harris will do the play-by-play.
Michigan comes into the Outback Bowl with an 8-4 record. The Wolverines are led by QB Denard Robinson who leads the team in both rushing and passing with 1,166 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground and 1,319 yards passing, along with 9 touchdowns in 10 games.
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is in his second season at the helm of the Wolverines compiling a 19-6 record, including 11 wins and a Sugar Bowl victory in his first season. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2011.
South Carolina enters the Outback Bowl with a 10-2 record and are ranked 10th in the BCS. This will be the fourth appearance by the Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl where they are 2-1.
The South Carolina defense is one of the best in the SEC and in the Top 15 in the nation in numerous categories. They are led by defensive end Jadeveon Clowney who is a finalist for the Bednarik, Lombardi and Nagurski Awards. Clowney has 13 sacks, 21.5 tackles for a loss and 50 total tackles this season.
The Gamecock offense is directed by quarterback Connor Shaw who has thrown for 1,732 yards and 15 touchdowns in 10 games. Wide receiver Bruce Ellington is his favorite target with 38 receptions for 564 yards and 6 touchdowns.
After star running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a season ending injury late in the season much of the workload was shifted to tailback Kenny Miles who has carried 99 times for 358 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Head coach Steve Spurrier is in his eighth season at South Carolina where he is 65-37. Spurrier has won a national championship with the Florida Gators, seven SEC titles and has a career won-loss record of 207-77-2 record. He has been named SEC Coach of the Year seven times.
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