Outback Bowl game set: SC vs. MI

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The Michigan-Michigan State night game on October 7 at Michigan Stadium also was on ABC and was the highest-rated college football game in week six across all networks.

SC (8-4, 5-3 SEC) has a 2-1 record against MI (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten). The game will kick off at noon on New Year's Day at Raymond James Stadium. SC finished the 2017 regular season with an 8-4 record.

Last year, MI lost to Florida State, 33-32 in the Orange Bowl.

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This will be Michigan's third-straight bowl game in Florida under coach Jim Harbaugh. This will also be the Wolverines 46th bowl appearance, good for 11th all-time in FBS, as they now hold a bowl record of 21-24.

Michigan's bid marks its third consecutive bowl appearance under head coach Jim Harbaugh, and a rematch of the 2013 Outback Bowl in which SC beat MI, 33-28. "These are two exciting teams and a quality match-up that fans are really going to enjoy watching on New Year's Day".

The Gamecocks also won in 1980.

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The Buckeyes (11-2) finished No. 5 in the final CFP rankings, despite a 27-21 win over previously unbeaten Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game.

Michigan already had negotiations in place with the Outback Bowl, and as a result, Michigan State fell two bowl games to the Holiday Bowl.

The Spartans defeated the Wolverines this season and went on to finish with a 9-3 record.

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Michigan was projected for weeks to be headed to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on December 28, but now Michigan State (9-3) will play there against Washington State.

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