The bettors believe in Dabo Swinney. 

According to a Frank Schwab piece at Yahoo Sports the heavy action on the Ohio State and Clemson College Football Playoff semi-final at the Sugar Bowl is almost all on the Tigers. To the tune of 80.8 percent of bets, per Yahoo!

Apparently the public is siding with Swinney, the Clemson head coach, who ranked the 6-0 Ohio State Buckeyes 11th in his final coaches poll despite the CFP selectors ranking them third. 

While a massive seventy-percent of the public is betting on Alabama to cover a 20-point spread against Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, nearly eighty-one percent of bettors are on the Tigers to cover 7.5 points on the Buckeyes in New Orleans, according to the piece.

“Alabama and Clemson are receiving strong support from the public in the College Football Playoff,” BetMGM VP of trading Jason Scott told Yahoo. 

While the Clemson Tigers are 4-0 against Ohio State all time, the belief this year is that the 10-1 Tigers, back after a national championship game loss last year, are a better prepared, better tested group (pardon the pun) after the Buckeyes were forced to cancel or sit out three games in an already shortened nine game season. Some, like Swinney, don’t believe the Buckeyes belong there at all, but that doesn’t mean they can’t win. 

The Sugar Bowl is set to kick off at 7 pm ET New Years Day from the Superdome. The game is being televised on ESPN. All line bets must be in before the opening kickoff, but it’s pretty clear the big cash outs this year are going to come from playing the underdog for the upset.