Posted December 18, 2012 on AP on Fox
Both Brady Hoke and Steve Spurrier are trying to take that last step that will vault their respective programs into the nation's elite. The two coaches look for clues how to achieve that for next season on New Year's Day when Michigan plays South Carolina in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. No. 19 Michigan (8-4) finished second to Nebraska in the Legends Division of the Big Ten, and three of its losses came to the top three teams in the country - No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State - as well as the Cornhuskers. The Wolverines were unable to prevent their archrivals from completing an unbeaten season, losing 26-21 to the Buckeyes on Nov. 24 after failing to score in the second half. Despite failing to come away with a victory in any of those marquee games, Hoke thinks his team will apply lessons learned from those defeats in this contest. "I think it's always a benefit when you play good football teams whether you win or lose,'' he said. "You learn how you have to ...
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