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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
Over/Under 53
Date Dec. 29
Location Yankee 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
Over/Under 53.8

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
Offense
Defense
Edge
Rush Success 68 102
Line Yards 34 73
Pass Success 91 64
Pass Blocking** 14 114
Big Play 78 90
Havoc 54 100
Finishing Drives 109 78
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Maryland Offense vs. Virginia Tech Defense
Offense
Defense
Edge
Rush Success 92 76
Line Yards 90 101
Pass Success 25 19
Pass Blocking** 26 72
Big Play 66 49
Havoc 67 76
Finishing Drives 87 66
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling 102 43
Coverage 96 100
Middle 8 92 107
SP+ Special Teams 28 122
Plays per Minute 86 100
Rush Rate 62.% (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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