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Sources: South Carolina will play in Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day

COLUMBIA - South Carolina will play in the Capital One Bowl for the second time in three years, multiple sources told The Post and Courier on Sunday.

The No. 8 Gamecocks will likely play Wisconsin at 1 p.m. New Year's Day in Orlando, Fla. It's the third straight year South Carolina will travel to the state of Florida for its bowl game.

USC won the 2012 Capital One Bowl against Nebraska, 30-13.

"They were great here," Capital One Bowl CEO Steve Hogan told The Post and Courier on Nov. 25. "Any time you can have them, I think you'd be proud to have them. We didn't have any issue with that whatsoever. They were everything you'd expect them to be."

An official announcement is expected later Sunday night.

Last week, The Post and Courier reported South Carolina would play in the Capital One Bowl if Auburn beat Missouri in the SEC Championship Game. Auburn won 59-42 and will play in the BCS Championship Game.

Missouri is expected to play in the Cotton Bowl, according to multiple sources.

A Missouri win likely would have sent South Carolina to the Cotton Bowl, a destination many Gamecocks fans openly rooted. Instead, the Gamecocks will go to a bowl considered bigger within the SEC hierarchy.

The Capital One Bowl gets first pick among SEC teams following BCS selections. Its $4.55 million payout in 2012 trailed only the Sugar Bowl and BCS Championship Game.

"The Capital One Bowl is one of the very best in the country," Spurrier said last week on his call-in radio show. "It would probably be a lot easier for our fans to get on the interstate and head south."

Athletics director Ray Tanner was aware of fan interest in the Cotton Bowl, but he had only positives to say about the Capital One Bowl.

"We've had some great experiences in the state of Florida," athletics director Ray Tanner told The Post and Courier earlier this week. ". We think we're in a very good position right now with a 10-2 team. It's going to be an outstanding bowl, and it's a win-win for us."

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