Pinstripe Bowl: Maryland vs Virginia Tech - 12/29/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

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The Virginia Tech Hokies will play the Maryland Terrapins in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday afternoon.

The Virginia Tech Hokies are 6-6 this season and have won two of their last three games. Virginia Tech finished conference play tied for third in the ACC Coastal Division with a conference record of 4-4. Virginia Tech has wins against North Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Richmond, Georgia Tech, Duke, and Virginia. Virginia Tech has losses against West Virginia, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Boston College, and Miami. Virginia Tech is averaging 24.7 points per game and is giving up 22.9 points per game against, while also averaging 179.7 passing yards per game and 190.8 rushing yards per game. Virginia Tech starting quarterback, Braxton Burmeister, has entered the transfer portal and will not play, along with starting wide receivers Tre Turner and Tayvion Robinson. Connor Blumrick will start at quarterback and has completed 43.8% of his passes (7/16) for 42 yards, and 2 touchdowns for the Hokies. Raheem Blackshear has rushed for 714 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Kaleb Smith has caught 20 passes for 260 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

The Maryland Terrapins are 6-6 this season and have lost 6 of their last 8 games. Maryland finished 5th in the Big Ten East Division with a record of 3-6 against Big Ten opponents. Maryland has wins against West Virginia, Howard, Illinois, Kent State, Indiana, and Rutgers this season. The Terrapins have losses against Iowa, Ohio State, Minnesota, Penn State, Michigan State, and Michigan. Maryland is averaging 27.3 points per game and is giving up 32.4 points per game against, while also averaging 307.1 passing yards per game and 130.3 rushing yards per game. Taulia Tagovailoa has completed 68.4% of his passes for 3,595 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions for the Terrapins. Tayon Fleet-Davis has rushed for 664 yards and 8 touchdowns, while Rakim Jarrett has caught 56 passes for 769 yards and 5 touchdowns for Maryland.

Maryland is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games. The over is 5-0 in Maryland’s last 5 neutral site games. Virginia Tech is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The over is 5-2 in Virginia Tech’s last 7 bowl games. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Virginia Tech comes into this game missing a ton of their key players, while Maryland comes in with just about the same roster they finished the regular season with. Maryland has a very good passing offense, but is not good defensively. It is tough to know what we are going to get from a depleted Virginia Tech team, so I have to go with Maryland in this spot. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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