TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Don’t try to advertise Jim Harbaugh or Will Muschamp on the angle that New Year’s Day amateur that are not allotment of the Academy Football Playoff are irrelevant.
The coaches for Michigan (8-4) and South Carolina (8-4) apprehend to argue for civic championships affective forward, but they additionally feel it’s important to accomplishment this division able in the Outback Bowl.
“I’m for the bowls. I’m for postseason play,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t anticipate basin amateur are meaningless, and I would like to see an advertisement playoff to 16 teams.”
Michigan was ranked as aerial as No. 7 afterward a 4-0 alpha but anguish up activity 5-4 with losses to Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State in Big Ten play.
The Wolverines absent two beeline to end the approved division and arch into Monday’s antagonism adjoin South Carolina aggravating to abstain their aboriginal three-game drift beneath Harbaugh.
Muschamp agrees with Harbaugh that basin amateur matter, behindhand of area a aggregation plays.
“First of all, anytime you hit the football field, it’s meaningful,” said Muschamp, finishing his additional division at South Carolina.
“This is a huge bold for our program, an befalling to win nine games, an befalling to comedy Michigan, a aggregation that we’ve got abundant account for,” Muschamp added. “But I anticipate the bowls are absolutely important to academy football.”
It’s aloof the fourth affair amid the Wolverines and Gamecocks, the aboriginal aback the 2013 Outback Bowl.
South Carolina won that antagonism 33-28 and leads the alternation 2-1, with Michigan’s win advancing in 1985.
Muschamp concedes that acceptable Monday would accord his bid to clean the Gamecocks a addition because Michigan is, well, Michigan.
“Absolutely,” the drillmaster said. “I anticipate you see the advance we’ve fabricated in Year 2 and abide to move advanced in the ability of our program.”
Some things to apperceive about the Outback Bowl:
UNDER CENTER: Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters has a adventitious to accomplish it added difficult for Harbaugh to alter him abutting division — alike if Shea Patterson is additionally one of his options . Peters is accepted to face South Carolina afterwards missing the aftermost game, a accident to Ohio State, with a concussion. When the Wolverines accessible the 2018 division at Notre Dame, he may accept to authority off Patterson to accumulate his job. Patterson affairs to alteration to Michigan from Mississippi, a affairs hit with sanctions, and to address the NCAA to acquiesce him to be acceptable immediately. He will access a antagonism forth with Dylan McCaffrey, son of above NFL amateur Ed McCaffrey and brother of Carolina Panthers active aback Christian McCaffrey, afterwards he redshirted as a apprentice with the Wolverines.
NEW PLAYCALLER: South Carolina accursed abhorrent coordinator Kurt Roper on Dec. 6 and co-offensive coordinator/receivers drillmaster Bryan McClendon will alarm plays Monday in what about is an audience for abutting season. “I anticipate the alertness has been absolutely good, No. 1, by Bryan, but our absolute abhorrent staff, as well. … I anticipate he’s done a absolutely acceptable job,” Muschamp said. “Obviously bold day is important, from a calling standpoint, from an acclimation standpoint. Certainly if you accomplish the appropriate calls and the appropriate adjustments, you’re activity to be productive, so that is important. But I’ve been actual admiring with his progress.”
ONE MO TIME: All-America arresting accouterment Maurice Hurst is accepted to comedy one added time for Michigan , accepting the accident of an abrasion that could affect his banal in the NFL draft. In aboriginal December, Hurst accustomed he wasn’t abiding if he would comedy in the Outback Basin in allotment because he saw above Wolverines bound end Jake Butt blooper to the fifth annular afterwards abasing his knee a year ago in the Orange Bowl.
CHADTOUGH: Some Michigan players are cutting their beard orange for the bold as allotment of a fundraiser in account of Chad Carr, the backward grandson of above Wolverines drillmaster Lloyd Carr. DE Chase Winovich appear on Dec. 20 that he would dye his beard if donations, which are actuality directed to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Initiative at Michigan Medicine, totaled $15,000. The drive bound accomplished that absolute and continues to grow. The ChadTough Foundation after appear that University of Michigan Regent Ron Weiser will bout donations fabricated through the fundraiser up to $1 million. “I apperceive the guys were acquisitive to accession a brace thousand dollars, and they were absolutely aflame that it was activity to be up to $10,000,” Harbaugh said. “Seeing that it’s up to $200,000, I anticipate it’s aloof phenomenal.”
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