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NFL: LEARNING PROCESS

By Marc Lawrence — USA TODAY’s Nate Davis fills us in on things he learned each week in the NFL. From Week 10 he reports: Washington remains the only team that hasn’t scored on any of its opening drives in 2020 … Rookie quarterbacks starting for California teams are 1-14-1 in the Eastern Time Zone since the merger. The lone win came courtesy of the Rams’ Jim Everett in 1986 … Since the start of last season, the Chargers are a league-worst 3-16 in games decided by eight points or fewer … To learn more of what Davis learned click here.

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CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd says this shouldn’t come as much of a shock but it appears the clock might be running out on Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. The Wolverines are 1-3 at the moment – the program’s worst start since 1967 – and frustrations continue to mount both on and off the field. Since arriving in Ann Arbor with much fanfare in 2015, Harbaugh has largely failed to deliver on his promises of greatness. He’s won plenty of games (Michigan entered this season with a .723 winning percentage under him) but not many of great importance. They’ve struggled to win bowl games (1-4) and they can’t beat Ohio State. He’s trending toward his worst season as a head coach (pro or college) and he has struggled to recruit, especially at the quarterback position. With all that in mind, there’s plenty of reason to believe that the two sides may have to part ways soon. Dodd also threw down this incredible stat regarding the Ohio State rivalry: Michigan has won 12 games just one time since 1905 and it came in 1997 when they last won a national championship. Ohio State has won at least 12 games seven times since 2012. The seemingly inevitable breakup will sting especially hard because Harbaugh is a Michigan legend and this was his dream destination job, but hype and lofty promises can only get a guy so far. Five years into his tenure, the results aren’t there, the team seems lost and even the most proud Michigan fans are running out of reasons to back the coach.

Grinding Out The Profits

From this week’s PLAYBOOK Football Newsletter: When Tulsa hosts Tulane in Conference USA play tonight it should be noted that the favorite in this series is 14-1 ATS, with the Hurricane doing most of the heavy lifting at 11-1 ATS when laying the points. With the Green Wave entering on a current 5-0 ATS streak, it should prove interesting.

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