They're not a bad team and they are much better than the team that got blown out by Miss. State two years ago.
South Carolina will win, but I don't see it being lopsided. They also have a much different-looking offense than what they had earlier in the year. Devin Gardner has taken over at QB and they've used Denard in more of a flex role as a QB/RB/slot WR. It's not simply a matter of stopping Denard anymore. There's a few more wrinkles to prepare for.
I don't disagree with any of this, but it doesn't really change my mind either. ND had no faith in Golson when these teams played. They were slowly building him up, and it was a really ugly game. I think Rees ended up playing most of that game in the end.
Nebraska and Ohio St. have great records because of the teams they played. I don't care that the Buckeyes are undefeated...these are not great teams. I think we would beat either of them. I absolutely think Georgia and Clemson are better than both of them.
Yes, Gardner is now the QB, but he's not exactly lighting it up. If anything I think having him back there would be helpful to our pass rush. Plus we have to remember that Trouffaint, their stud RB, is out for the season. If Denard regains strength in his arm/hand, it will be interesting to see if they use him mostly at QB or RB.
Michigan's only good win on the season is Northwestern who they beat in Ann Arbor 38-31. Other than that win they only beat teams with 6-6 records or worse. Teams they beat had a total record of 40-56.
Do I expect a curb-stomping? Of course not. But I think it would be a clear upset if Michigan does win this one.