Gamecocks going to Tampa for Outback Bowl, taking on MI

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ESPN2 will broadcast the game.

MI (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten) was in limbo over a bowl destination up until Sunday afternoon, when it was revealed Alabama edged Ohio State for the fourth and final spot in the College Football Playoff.

The Gamecocks ended their regular season alone in second in the SEC East division, going 5-3 in league play. The game will kick off at noon on New Year's Day at Raymond James Stadium.

The Gamecocks are the only "Power Five" conference team to improve their record by more than one win in each of the past two years.

"I'd like to congratulate head coach Will Muschamp for his leadership of our football program", Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner said.

This will mark the fourth meeting between the two schools and the second between the two squads in the Outback Bowl.

Carolina has accepted an invitation to take part in the 2018 Outback Bowl to face off with MI.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks found out their bowl destination Sunday afternoon.

The Gamecocks also won in 1980.

USC's all-time record in bowl games is 8-13, holding a 3-1 record in the Outback Bowl.

"We are very excited to extend an invitation to the University of MI and the University of SC to play in this year's Outback Bowl", said Outback Bowl Chairman Todd Buchanan.

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

Tickets for the game are on-sale now, with prices ranging from $170 to $80, through Ticketmaster.

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