Sit back, relax and enjoy.

A full day of football is ahead. Nurse that New Year’s Day, uh, vacation and flip on bowl games all day. It’s a beautiful thing that even the “too many bowl games” crowd can appreciate.

So what should you expect to see? Let’s start with some final score predictions.

Saturday Tradition writers Dustin Schutte and myself, Connor O’Gara, offered up our picks for the New Year’s Day slate.

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As for that Michigan-South Carolina game (the only B1G matchup of the day), we offered up a breakdown of how we see it playing out.

SCHUTTE — For lovers of an old-fashioned, black-and-blue, physical brand of football, this is the game for you. The Wolverines and Gamecocks leaned heavily on their defenses this season, both ranking in the top 30 nationally in points allowed per game.

But offensive productivity is going to be the deciding factor in this game. Both Michigan and South Carolina stubbed their toes on that side of the football this season, unable to get into a consistent flow. Michigan’s quarterback troubles were well-documented throughout the season, and while freshman Brandon Peters has shown promise in his four appearances, he hasn’t performed in a game of this magnitude.

The Outback Bowl will be the site of a low-scoring affair that will probably be decided by the offensive team capable of producing a big play or two. The Gamecocks have the better quarterback in Jake Bentley, giving them a huge advantage in the New Year’s Day matchup.

O’GARA — I’m not seeing a lot of points in this one, especially for that South Carolina offense. Jake Bentley has struggled against elite defenses in 2017, and despite what Michigan’s strength of wins would indicate, that’s an elite defense.

Something tells me Bentley will get to know former No. 1 overall recruit Rashan Gary quite well by day’s end. With a motivated Brandon Peters (thanks to Shea Patterson’s arrival), I’m actually giving Michigan the edge in the quarterback department.

I’d be surprised if this turned into a game where the last offense on the field has the best chance to win. It wouldn’t be surprising if it took a while for both of these offenses to sustain scoring drives. For the late arriving crowd early on New Year’s Day morning (you know who you are), that’s a good thing.

But in the end, I think Michigan makes enough stops to prevail against another SEC team to close the season.

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