December 2nd, 2012 at 12:56 PM ^

If the coaches poll is any indication... Northern Illinois is about to make the BCS.  Enough teams feel, and they are ranked #16 which would be an automatic bid into the BCS because they are ranked ahead of the BigEast Champ (Louisville).


I do like the idea of playing S.Carolina especially since they are without Lattimore. Rather than play the Georgia team that looked like the second best team in the nation last night.


December 2nd, 2012 at 1:31 PM ^

That would fall right into our style of play if Denard (and even Devin) were playing QB.  Rush the QB hard and see what happens when they take off.  Teams played off against Denard knowing that if he broke contain, he could be gone.

the Glove

December 2nd, 2012 at 1:00 PM ^

I thought to myself, I can't wait to see Devin and Denard both healthy during the bowl game playing together and then I realize not to get my hopes up. Al will just crush them and get pleasure out of it.


December 2nd, 2012 at 1:05 PM ^

Back when bowl games had real names, I always considered the Citrus Bowl more prestiguous than the Hall of Fame Bowl (which is what I think the Outback Bowl used to be).  But nowadays I think of the Outback as essentially equivalent to the Capitol One.


December 2nd, 2012 at 1:11 PM ^

By the season stats actually, this is pretty close to an even matchup for us on both sides of the ball,  which is always nice to have (and makes this matchup much more winnable, I think), and as others have mentioned, I am not sure if I would be totally enthusiastic about facing the Georgia that played yesterday, even though they lost. The Sagarin numbers would predict South Carolina as only a five-point favorite actually, which isn't frightening at all. 

Incidentally, CBSSports has updated its own predictions and is now also going with Michigan vs. South Carolina to the Outback Bowl, so there is another site that agrees anyway. 


December 2nd, 2012 at 1:21 PM ^

I don't understand the optimism.  Please name one top-20 defense where Michigan effectively moved the football on offense.  A weak interior offensive line is bad news.