Maryland vs. Virginia Tech 2021 Pinstripe Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick

Two teams that had disappointing seasons clash on Wednesday, Dec. 29 in the annual Pinstripe Bowl. Virginia Tech had their sites on an ACC Championship. Unfortunately, the Hokies underperformed. Maryland started the season well but then fell apart. Which team makes amends in this bowl matchup? Check out the NCAAF odds, analysis, and a free pick for Maryland versus Virginia Tech.

Maryland vs. Virginia Tech 2021 Pinstripe Bowl Game Information

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Why Bet on the Maryland Terrapins?

The Terrapins offense leans on quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa. Tua’s little brother has thrown for 3,595 yards and 24 touchdowns. Tagovailoa completes 68.4% of his passes. The Terps can move the football. Maryland averages 437.8 total yards and 27.3 points each contest. Not only that, but the Terrapins committed just 6 turnovers during the season.

The Terps fielded one of the worst defenses in the Big Ten this season. Maryland allows 413.7 yards per game. Opponents average 32.4 points each matchup. The Terps have trouble pressuring opposing quarterbacks. Sam Okuayinonu leads the team with just 4 sacks. The defense also doesn’t force many turnovers. Maryland has just 6 takeaways this season.

Why Bet on the Virginia Tech Hokies?

Although Virginia Tech doesn’t average 400 yards per, the Hokies go for 370.3 each game, they do score points, over 24 per contest. Virginia Tech has a running back by committee approach. RB1 Raheem Blackshear rushed for 711 yards and 6 TDs. Blackshear averages 5.9 yards per carry. Not only that, but he also has 24 catches for 244 yards and a TD catch this season. So if the Hokies must lean on Blackshear, he’s more than capable of carrying the load.

VA Tech’s defense won’t be confused with Alabama’s or Michigan’s, but it’s a solid group. Opponents average just 384.5 yards and 22.9 points each game. The Hokies have forced 10 turnovers this season. Dax Hollifield leads the team in sacks with 4.5. Jermaine Waller had 4 interceptions this season.

Maryland vs. Virginia Tech Betting Trends

  • Terrapins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
  • Maryland is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games.
  • Over is 5-0 in Maryland’s last 5 games at a neutral site.
  • Hokies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
  • Virginia Tech is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win.
  • Under is 6-1 in Virginia Tech’s last 7 games as an underdog.

Maryland vs. Virginia Tech Expert Betting Predictions

The Terrapins started their season out hot, winning their first 4 games. A couple of the victories, over West Virginia and Illinois, impressed. But starting on Oct. 1, things fell apart. 3 straight losses to Iowa, Ohio State, and Minnesota ended Maryland’s chances of winning the Big Ten. From then on, it was bad game after bad game. The Terps ended up losing 6 of their final 8 regular season contests.

By contrast, Virginia Tech went 4-2 SU in their final six games. VA Tech’s defense played well in 3 of their final 4 matchups, holding Boston College to 17 points in a loss, Duke to 17 in a blowout win, and Virginia to 24 in another victory.

Only Miami scored 30 or more, in Virginia Tech’s last 4 games. Maryland can move the football, but they aren’t a high-scoring team. More importantly, VA Tech averages over 190 yards per game on the ground and The Terrapins’ defense is horrendous. Hokies pull off the upset victory.

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