Outback Bowl: Iowa (8-4) vs. South Carolina (7-5)

December, 8, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

He last coached Florida back in 2001, but Steve Spurrier is still a hot item in the Sunshine State.

His draw was evidently enough to get South Carolina (7-5) to the Outback Bowl to face Iowa on Jan. 1 even though the Gamecocks played some of their worst football in the final few weeks of the regular season.

In their last two games, the Gamecocks were outscored 87-20 by Florida and Clemson and looked like a team that was going nowhere fast offensively. The root of the problem is that Spurrier isn't sold on any of the quarterbacks on campus.

He played musical quarterbacks with Chris Smelley and Stephen Garcia most of the season, but Garcia will get first crack at Iowa in Tampa.

The Hawkeyes (8-4) came on to win five of their last six games to close the season. Their only loss in that stretch was a three-point decision to Illinois.

South Carolina's defense has been rock-solid most of the season under first-year coordinator Ellis Johnson, but will have its hands full with Iowa's Shonn Greene, who's rushed for 1,729 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Gamecocks are ranked 11th nationally in total defense.

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