Pinstripe Bowl Preview and Prediction

Hokies are back in the bowl season for the first time in two years. Between transfers, opt-outs and Covid protocols the Hokies are down to a skeleton crew. Let’s hope they have enough players to play on Wednesday. The depth at WR and CB is starting to look a bit dicey.

SP+ Rankings

Virginia Tech

Overall: 62nd
Offense: 74th
Defense: 47th
Special Team: 28th

Maryland

Overall: 68th
Offense: 34th
Defense: 86th
Special Team: 122nd

Maryland looks a lot like Virginia. A big-time passing attack led by Taulia Tagovailoa (Tua’s brother). This is not a great game for the Hokies to be without Jermaine Waller. Virginia Tech’s best chance in this game is to stop the run and try to force Tagovailoa into a couple of turnovers.

The Hokies should be able to run the ball against Maryland. They would be wise to run the ball over and over again with Blumrick, Blackshear and Malachi Thomas. Virginia Tech needs to run the ball and control the clock. They do not want to get into a shootout with Maryland. It’s the same gameplan that has worked for the Hokies late in the season. If Tech starts throwing the ball all over the field, then it’s time to worry.

All things being equal Tech has the better team. But after opt outs, transfers and Covid absences, it seems like Maryland will have the better squad. It’s hard to imagine VT winning with their backup QB, backup WRs and backup CBs. This game will look like the 2018 Cincinnati bowl game and 2019 Kentucky bowl game. A frustrating way to end another frustrating season.

Prediction: Maryland 28, Virginia Tech 17

How did I do with my predictions this year?

I had a better read on this team in the preseason than in my week-to-week picks. My week-to-week picks got too influenced by what a roller coaster this team was. In the preseason, I saw this as a 7-5 team. I ended up picking a 6-6 result in my week-to-week picks but I got SIX of the games wrong. I did okay in my preseason picks. I only missed on the big win against UNC and the two losses at home against Pitt and Syracuse. Maybe next year I’ll stick with my gut on my preseason picks.

Game Preseason PredictionGame Week PredictionActual Outcome
North Carolinahttps://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d7/North_Carolina_Tar_Heels_logo.svg/300px-North_Carolina_Tar_Heels_logo.svg.pngUNC 35 – 21VT 17 – 10
Middle TennesseeThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is logo-white.svgVT 34 – 13VT 35 – 14
at West VirginiaWest Virginia Mountaineers - WikipediaVT 23 – 20WVU 27 – 21
RichmondThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is logo-white.svgVT 35 – 7 VT 21 – 10
Notre DameNotre Dame Fighting Irish - WikipediaND 23 – 17ND 32 – 29
PittsburghThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is logo-white.svgPitt 31 – 17Pitt 28 – 7
SyracuseThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is logo-white.svgCuse 24 – 21Cuse 41 – 36
at Georgia TechThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is logo-white.svg GT 28 – 21VT 26 – 17
at Boston CollegeBoston College Eagles - WikipediaVT 28 – BC 10BC 17 – 3
DukeThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is logo-white.svgVT 35 – 13VT 48 – 17
at MiamiMiami Hurricanes - WikipediaVT 33 – 30Miami 38 – 26
at VirginiaThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is logo-white.svgUVA 38 – 35VT 29 – 24

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