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NCAAF: Syracuse is on a 7-2 run against the spread in its September games.
NCAAF: The over is 20-7 in Wisconsin’s last 27 games as a favorite.
NFL: The Detroit Lions are the talk of the preseason heading into Thursday’s matchup at 3-0 straight up, but while the club’s defense is getting all the attention, the offense leads the league with 98 points through three games.
MLB: Philadelphia is 20-7 in its last 27 road games.
NCAAF: Memphis is 2-5-1 against the spread in its last eight overall.
NCAAF: The under is 3-9 in Kentucky’s last 12 overall.
NFL: The Kansas City Chiefs have scored a league-low 23 points while going winless through three preseason games to date.
MLB: Florida is 5-17 in its last 22 as an underdog.
28 – Wisconsin has won 28 consecutive non-league games straight up heading into Thursday’s meeting with UNLV. The Badgers are set as big 35-point favorites at home to the Runnin’ Rebels.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Cody Ross, San Francisco Giants: X-rays on Ross’ hand came back negative after he was hit by a pitch Wednesday and the team is hopeful he will be able to play on Friday when the Giants resume play against the rival Diamondbacks.
Game of the day
UNLV at Wisconsin (-35, 56)
"I'm very excited to be getting out there again. Playing against a team like Mississippi State and them being ranked is huge for us. Plus being on national television gives us a chance to show everyone what we're capable of and what we can do." Memphis senior defensive end Frank Trotter on his club’s opener Thursday against Mississippi State. The Tigers are set as big 30.5-point home underdogs.
Notes and tips
The Texas Rangers will activate third baseman Adrian Beltre from the 15-day disabled list Thursday. Beltre has been sidelined with a hamstring injury on July 22. He had a setback earlier this month when he aggravated the injury. In his first season with the Rangers, Beltre is batting .276 with 20 home runs and 76 RBIs in 100 games.
UNLV defensive backs Michael Johnson and Corbin Brown are currently set as questionable for Thursday’s game against Wisconsin. Last season the Runnin’ Rebels allowed 227.8 passing yards per game, good for 77th in the nation. Wisconsin, meanwhile, with Jon Budmayr out with his elbow injury, North Carolina State transfer Russell Wilson will take the snaps.
According to an ESPN report, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster could be out three or four weeks with his hamstring injury. Foster tweeted a shot of his MRI and ESPN medical analyst Michael Kaplan claims Foster tore “some of the muscle fibers, we'll call it Grade 1 to 2. There's a fair amount of swelling and bleeding on the MRI, so this is real. ... It's gonna be a couple weeks at least. If you get him back too soon, he's at a high risk of re-rupture. I think they're gonna go a little slow with him." Houston is a 3.5-point underdog at Minnesota on Thursday.