Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News predict the outcome of Monday’s Outback Bowl between Michigan and South Carolina.
Angelique S. Chengelis: Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters is looking to prove something in the bowl game, and so is the entire offense, which has shouldered most of the blame in the Wolverines' four-loss regular season. Bowl practices have given the Michigan staff a chance to try different looks, plugging different players in at different spots, particularly on the offensive line. While practices have been a lot about preparing for 2018, they have been focused on winning this game. South Carolina has a new play-caller in Bryan McClendon, but Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown isn't worried – his players have studied everything the Gamecocks have done this season and is confident they're prepared. Michigan, 28-17
Matt Charboneau: The offensive struggles have been an ongoing theme this season for the Wolverines, but the defense has consistently been one of the best in the nation. Expect that unit to take control against a South Carolina team that was 12th in the SEC in total offense, giving Michigan plenty of chances to put points on the board. Michigan, 31-13
John Niyo: Brandon Peters gets an important job audition. But for Don Brown and Michigan's defense, it's a chance to cut it loose, too. South Carolina's offense isn't an explosive threat, and with a new coordinator it could be a rough day. Michigan, 27-13
Bob Wojnowski: Neither team has shown much offensively, but it’s a big game for Michigan QB Brandon Peters, trying to make an early case to keep the job next season. South Carolina’s strength is a turnover-causing defense and a decent pass rush. That means the Wolverines need to protect Peters and run the ball, and let their third-ranked defense do the rest. Basic formula, and it should be enough to push the Big Ten to 8-0 in the bowls. Michigan, 24-13