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Gamecocks want a championship

South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel (1) catches a pass for a touchdown as South Florida cornerback Mazzi Wilkins (23) tries to defend during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Birmingham. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

(WACH) -- The South Carolina Gamecocks are in Tampa Bay, Florida to prepare to play Michigan in the Outback Bowl on New Years Day. The Gamecocks (8-4) and the Wolverines (8-4) started the week off with some tension as there was a scuffle at the bowling alley between players from both teams on Wednesday.

On Thursday, however, both head coaches held their official Outback Bowl press conferences and there was nothing but admiration for both teams and the competition that will take place on the first day of 2018.

"I think you see the progress we've made in year two and continue to move forward in the culture of our program," South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp said. "You know, in order to continue to get where we want to get, that's winning a championship, and that's what we're going to do. But you've got to invest in that, and that's what we're doing right now at South Carolina."

"The first thing that sticks out to me, when you watch the tape, is the length and athleticism of the team," Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Bowl games are competitive and meant to be fun, but they can also be a little bittersweet. For South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore, he will take to the field on Monday afternoon knowing it is the last time he will wear a Gamecock jersey.

"It goes by quick," Moore said. "I've been sitting on it and thinking about all this so I'm happy it's my last game."

The South Carolina Gamecocks will take on the Michigan Wolverines on Monday, January 1st at noon on ESPN2. Full coverage throughout the weekend on WACH FOX.

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