COLUMBIA Ė Last season, South Carolina finished with its best record ever, 11-2, by beating one of college footballís most storied teams, Nebraska, in the Capital One Bowl. This season, the winningest program in the sportís history stands in the way of USC again going 11-2.

It was revealed Sunday that USC will play Michigan in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl at 1 p.m.

No. 19 Michigan (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) doesnít have a bad loss. The Wolverines have fallen to No. 1 Notre Dame (12-0), No. 2 Alabama (12-1), No. 3 Ohio State (12-0) and No. 23 Nebraska (10-3). The Wolverines lost by seven points to Notre Dame and by five to Ohio State.

This bowl matchup is all the more intriguing when you consider No. 11 USCís losses are to No. 4 Florida (11-1) and No. 9 LSU (10-2).

USC is 1-1 all-time against Michigan, with both meetings coming in the regular season. In 1980, USC won 17-14 at Michigan. In 1985, the Wolverines won 34-3 in Columbia.

The 1980 game turned out to be one of USCís most significant wins ever. It was USCís fourth game that season. Michigan was ranked No. 17. The Wolverines finished 10-2 and ranked No. 4. That remains one of USCís three wins ever in 50 games against teams that finished in the top 5.

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