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JUST IN: Our season-opening game at Notre Dame next season will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 7, 2017
Jim Harbaugh’s squad had an up-and-down 2017 campaign, finishing fourth in the Big Ten East with an 8-4 record.
Offensive woes really hurt the Wolverines, with the passing offense finishing a measly 112th in the nation, while Michigan finished with just 25.8 points per game, tied for 90th.
The good news for Michigan is that Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson is set to join the program next season, though they still must finish out one more game without an established quarterback under center. In 2017, Jake O’Korn was the team’s leading passer with just 956 yards and two touchdowns for a QBR of 27.5.
South Carolina Gamecocks
The calm before the storm… pic.twitter.com/eqS0mAFv39
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) November 25, 2017
South Carolina’s strength is its defense, which finished 26th in the nation in Points Against, allowing just 20.8 points per game.
The Gamecocks were led on offense by quarterback Jake Bentley, who recorded 2,555 yards and 16 touchdowns on the year. Bentley’s favorite target was wide receiver Bryan Edwards, who recorded 705 yards on 59 receptions for four touchdowns.
If the Gamecocks defense can live up to the reputation it built throughout the 2017 campaign, they should be able to come away with a big win and build momentum entering 2018.