There are a great deal of Notre Dame fans spread out across the country, and it looks like a number of them have been willing to put some money on Saturday's College Football Playoff tilt against Clemson. ESPN's David Purdum says fans are "flocking" to put money on the Fighting Irish ahead of the game.
Clemson is a 12.5-point favorite heading into the Cotton Bowl. Purdum says that fans aren't just betting on the Fighting Irish to cover the spread - they're picking them straight up to win. Some have even placed massive wagers on the money line.
Vivid Seats also reported earlier that Notre Dame fans are going to be out in full force at the Cotton Bowl.
Purdum says one man even put $100,000 on the Fighting Irish to win it all at 7-1 odds.
The Fighting Irish -- 12.5-point underdogs to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (4 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN) -- have attracted the vast majority of the money wagered at sportsbooks across the nation. Bettors are backing the Fighting Irish not only to cover the spread but also to pull the outright upset over the heavily favored Tigers.
At William Hill sportsbooks in Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia, 84 percent of the money wagered on the Cotton Bowl money line -- the odds on the straight-up winner -- has been on the Fighting Irish, including a $10,000 money-line bet on Notre Dame placed Dec. 23 in New Jersey at +360 odds. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook also reported taking a $10,000 money-line bet on Notre Dame on Dec. 17 at +400. And in November, a bettor at Oceans Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, put $100,000 on the Fighting Irish to win the national championship at 7-1 odds.
Notre Dame will certainly have enough motivation heading into the contest. The last time the Fighting Irish had a shot at a national title, they were waxed by Alabama.
One thing is clear - if Clemson wins, sportsbooks are going to make a lot of money.
The Cotton Bowl kicks off at 4:00 PM ET.