Virginia Tech vs. Maryland Odds, Date: Opening Spread, Total for 2021 Pinstripe Bowl

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Virginia Tech vs. Maryland Odds

Virginia Tech Odds-2.5
Maryland Odds+2.5
DateDec. 29
LocationYankee Stadium in New York, New York

Virginia Tech is set to take on Maryland in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. Find our expert's projected odds, a recap of each team's seasons, plus more information on the Pinstripe Bowl below.

Virginia Tech vs. Maryland Projected Odds

Virginia Tech Spread-5
Maryland Spread+5

These Virginia Tech vs. Maryland projections are based on Collin Wilson's college football power ratings, which help power our PRO Projections — they compare all of his projections to real-time college football odds in order to easily identify betting edges.

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How Virginia Tech Reached the Pinstripe Bowl

Justin Fuente looked like the next hot commodity in football back in 2016, winning ACC Coach of the Year in his opening campaign at Virginia Tech post-Frank Beamer.

Ten games into the 2021 season, the head coach and program agreed to part ways.

Although Fuente’s resume includes a second-place Coastal finish in 2019, the Hokies couldn’t free themselves from the middle of the pack, winning between five and eight games in four straight seasons.

The Hokies hit a snag in Week 3, losing five straight games against the spread. Their mediocre season was, however, bookended by upset wins: One in the opener over North Carolina, and another in the finale over rival Virginia.

The Hokies are making their fifth bowl appearance in the last six years. They’ve dropped three straight.

How Maryland Reached the Pinstripe Bowl

Head coach Mike Locksley is still finding his footing in the Big Ten with the Terps.

After winning four straight out of the gates, Maryland went 2-6 down the stretch, needing a win over Rutgers in the finale for that key, sixth victory. It’s the first postseason appearance for Maryland in the Locksley era.

The Terrapins’ 4-8 record against the spread was the third-worst mark in the conference, behind only Northwestern (3-9) and Indiana (2-10).

Maryland’s offense is led by quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who piloted a unit ranking 14th nationally in both pass rate (55.8%) and passing yards per game (307.1).

Three players notched at least five receiving touchdowns, while star Dontay Demus — who played in only four-plus games — still finished second on the team with 507 yards.

Virginia Tech vs. Maryland Matchup Analysis

Toggle the dropdowns below to hide or show how Virginia Tech and Maryland match up statistically:

Virginia Tech Offense vs. Maryland Defense
Rush Success68102
Line Yards3473
Pass Success9164
Pass Blocking**14114
Big Play7890
Finishing Drives10978
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Maryland Offense vs. Virginia Tech Defense
Rush Success9276
Line Yards90101
Pass Success2519
Pass Blocking**2672
Big Play6649
Finishing Drives8766
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling10243
Middle 892107
SP+ Special Teams28122
Plays per Minute86100
Rush Rate62.% (17)47.% (117)

Data via College Football Data, FootballOutsiders, SP+, PFF and SportSource Analytics.

Pinstripe Bowl Date, Time, TV, More Info

  • Date: Dec. 29
  • Time: 2:15 p.m. ET
  • Location: Yankee Stadium in New York, New York
  • TV Info: ESPN

The Pinstripe Bowl, played at Yankee Stadium, is one of the handful of postseason games played on a baseball diamond.

The Big Ten has won five of the last six appearances, including the most recent (Michigan State over Wake Forest, 27-21, in 2019).

Three of the last four MVPs of the Pinstripe Bowl were running backs, including current NFLers Justin Jackson and Jonathan Taylor.

The AAC, Big 12, Big East and Notre Dame all had previous tie-ins to the showcase.

ESPN networks have televised the game all but once (2015, ABC).

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