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Who's Hot and Who's not MLB ABD CFB

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On 09/02/2011 09:21 AM in MLB
Who’s hot

NCAAF: TCU is 4-0 ATS in its last four games against Baylor

NFL: The Oakland Raiders have lost their first three preseason games and have been outscored by 40 points in the process.

MLB: Arizona had won nine straight games heading into Thursday’s action.

MLB: Colorado is 7-2 in its last nine trips to San Diego.

WNBA: Minnesota has covered in five of its last six against New York.

Who’s not

NCAAF: Michigan State has dropped four of its last five against the spread.

MLB: Minnesota is 6-20 in its last 26 overall.

MLB: Kansas City is 7-16 in its last 23.

WNBA: Atlanta is 6-15-1 against the spread in its last 22 home games.

Key stat

44.06 – Is home-field advantage overrated in college football? Last season home underdogs covered only 44.06 percent of the time. Baylor is set as a 3.5-point home underdog against TCU Friday.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox – Youkilis has been activated from the DL and is expected to start Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers. The slugger has been on the shelf since Aug. 18 with a lower-back strain.

Game of the day

TCU at Baylor (3.5, 53.5)

Notable quotable

"I like to play to win and I haven't won yet. It's pissing me off. That might be why I'm pissed." – Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson. The Raiders have been hammered in preseason play so far and are set as 3.5-point underdogs at Seattle on Friday night.

Notes and tips

The Michigan State Spartans are looking to avoid taking a step back after winning a school-record 11 games last season, tied for second with Wisconsin in the Big Ten. The past four times they managed to put together a winning record, they fell below .500 the following year. MSU finished 7-6 against the spread last season and are set as 34.5-point favorites at home to Youngstown State Friday.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is expected to take some snaps Friday against Oakland, but he may not have many other starters with him. Wideouts Sidney Rice (shoulder), Mike Williams (toe) and Ben Obomanu (head) are all banged up, as are Marshawn Lynch (ankle) and offensive tackle Russell Okung (ankle). Seattle has won six of its last nine preseason games with Oakland straight up.
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