Pinstripe Bowl Betting Preview: Maryland Terps vs. Virginia Tech Hookies – Wednesday, Dec 29, 2021

by Spooky Express | December 26, 2021 |

The Pinstripe Bowl will take place on Wednesday, December 29th, from Yankee Stadium in New York City, New York with the scheduled kickoff to take place at 2:15 PM ET. BookMaker has set the point spread for this game at Maryland -3.5 and has set the total for the over/under plays at 54 points.

Bowl History and Conference Tie-Ins

This year, the Pinstripe Bowl will be played for the 11th year. The Pinstripe Bowl features teams with tie-ins from the ACC and Big Ten. This year the Maryland Terrapins will represent the Big Ten while the Virginia Tech Hokies will be the representative from the ACC.

Previous Matchups

This will be the 32nd time in the history of the two programs that they have played each other. Maryland currently has the lead in the series 16-15 which includes the most recent win in 2013 by a score of 27-24.

Virginia Tech Preview

The Virginia Tech Hokies enter this game with a record of 6-6 which was good enough for 3rd place in the Coastal Division of the ACC. The Hokies played in seven games against bowl-eligible teams and went 2-5 in those games with the wins coming against Virginia and North Carolina while losing to West Virginia, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Boston College, and Miami (FL). They finished the regular season going 5-7 ATS which includes going 3-3 ATS as an underdog.

Offensively, Virginia Tech enters this game averaging 22.92 points per game which is below the national average of 27.52 for the rest of college football. The Hokies are a run-centric team that averages 40.33 rushing attempts per game to 22.85 passing attempts per game. As a result, they are an above-average team in terms of rushing yards per game with 190.83 yards per game, but a below-average passing team that is averaging 165.85 passing yards per game.

Raheem Blackshear leads the team in rushing with 714 yards and 6 touchdowns while Braxton Burmeister leads the team in passing with 1,960 yards for 14 touchdowns and 4 interceptions while adding another 521 yards rushing and 2 rushing touchdowns.

Defensively, the Hokies are allowing 21.15 points per game which is below the national average of 25.6 for the rest of college football.

Maryland Terrapins Preview

Maryland enters this game with a record of 6-6 which led to a 5th place finish in the East Division of the Big Ten. The Terrapins played in nine games against bowl-eligible teams and went 3-6 in those contests with wins coming against West Virginia, Kent State, and Rutgers while losing to Iowa, Ohio State, Minnesota, Penn State, Michigan State, and Michigan. They finished the regular season going 4-8 ATS which includes going 2-2 ATS as a favorite.

Offensively, Maryland is averaging 25.15 points per game which is below the national average of 27.52 points for the rest of college football. They feature a balanced approach on offense that is averaging 34.25 rushing attempts per game to 35.69 passing attempts per game.

However, they are one of the more prolific passing offenses in college football ranking 15th in passing yards per game with 283.46 yards. Tayon Fleet-Davis leads the team in rushing with 664 yards and 8 touchdowns while Taulia Tagovailoa leads the team in passing with 3,595 yards for 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Defensively, Maryland is a below-average team in terms of points allowed per game with 29.92 points which is higher than that national average of 25.6 for the rest of college football.

Handicapping Preview

This Maryland team has had some good games and they have had some really bad games. They are simply too inconsistent for our liking. The system has Virginia Tech winning the game in a close battle by nearly a touchdown.

Knowing that the Hokies are getting 3.5 points here, we will snatch that up and roll with the Virginia Tech Hokies +3.5 as our Pinstripe Bowl official play!

Pinstripe Bowl Official Play: Virginia Tech Hokies +3,5

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