Beat a Big Ten team *and* get $1,000,000? Yep, that happened

Can Clemson save cratering ACC? 

Georgia Tech kicker Wesley Wells (38) reacts after a missing a kick against The Citadel. (Photo: Adam Hagy, USA TODAY Sports)

Clemson was sluggish at times on the road but still looks like the country's No. 1 team. That's the good news for the Atlantic Coast Conference, because otherwise the league was embarrassed repeatedly this weekend. Still, Clemson's place in the College Football Playoff – and thus the ACC's – should be secure … right?   

Other highlights from college football's Week 3:

  • Eastern Michigan loves the Big Ten! The Eagles not only beat Illinois on the road – the third consecutive season they have defeated a Big Ten school in a road game – they also picked up a cool $1 million for their trouble.
  • You probably shouldn't talk to Kentucky fans today.
  • Next week's Notre Dame-Georgia game is looking pretty, pretty good.
  • Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi was battling both Penn State and Math on Saturday. 
  • Michigan State fans, this was a tough one. 
  • Iowa State fans, we're so sorry. 
  • All of Kansas … celebrate! The Jayhawks picked up a stunning win for Les Miles, and new Kansas State coach Chris Klieman is 3-0 after his Wildcats knocked off an SEC team on the road. 


Tim Tebow before the college football season opener between Florida and Miami in August. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)

Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow doesn't believe college athletes should be compensated because … well, his reasoning doesn't make much sense. A sampling: "Now we're changing it from 'us' from 'we' from 'my university,' being an alumni where I care, which makes college sports special, to 'OK, it's not about us, it's not about we, it's about me.' "

OK. Anyway, USA TODAY Sports' Dan Wolken thinks Tebow's argument is laughable.


  • FIBA FAIL: Team USA had a poor showing at the FIBA World Cup. Kobe wasn't surprised. Jeff Zillgitt on what's next for the Americans as the Olympics approach.
  • THE AIR CONDITIONING FIGHT YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU NEEDED: LSU beat Texas last week in a football game, but that was just the beginning. The Tigers claimed their locker room was HOT, HOT, HOT. Texas responded sanely by releasing the locker room's temperature data.
  • TENNESSEE DOES GOOD: A fourth-grader in Florida was bullied over his homemade UT shirt. Tennessee sent the kid a bunch of swag, then put the design on an official T-shirt. Oh, then UT offered him a full ride.
  • HOUSTON, YOU ARE A PROBLEM: Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole have been nearly unhittable for the Astros. Bob Nightengale on how the duo is keeping it old-school.
  • SO HE *IS* HUMAN: Well, maybe. At least Bill Belichick proved his face can contort into a smile during a news conference. A step in the right direction!
  • JUSTIFY UNJUST?: Justify, last year's Triple Crown winner, may have taken some shortcuts. Dan Wolken found his trainer Bob Baffert's response pretty weak. Tim Sullivan calls the cover-up "shameful," regardless of framing. 


Antonio Brown during a Patriots practice on Wednesday. (Photo: Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports)

The week began on a high note for Antonio Brown. The receiver had been released by the Raiders and landed with the Patriots. Then things took a much darker turn when he was accused of rape in a civil lawsuit. Here's our coverage of the aftermath:

  • 'Just a problem kid, man': A look into Brown's troubled past.
  • Christine Brennan on why Brown *must* be benched by the NFL.
  • Jarrett Bell on why the NFL did the right thing by letting Brown play … for now.
  • Nancy Armour on Brown becoming the NFL's worst nightmare.
  • Brown himself calling out the haters.
  • Terry Bradshaw is … not a fan.
  • A history of Brown's legal troubles.

SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Nancy Armour gives her take on the latest drama surrounding Antonio Brown and why it's casting a shadow on what should be a celebratory year for the NFL.


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. wears a watch during the game against the Tennessee Titans at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Photo: Scott Galvin, USA TODAY Sports)

In lighter and somewhat more confusing NFL wide receiver news, Odell Beckham Jr. is insisting on wearing a crazy-expensive watch during games. Hall of Famer Warren Sapp isn't a fan of the practice.

In other OBJ news, the receiver claims Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams once instructed players to take him out. Jonathan Vilma, who played for Williams, responded to the claim.

Williams had an interesting reaction: "Odell who?"

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From original reporting to some of the nation's best columns, these are stories you can only get from the USA TODAY Sports Network: 

  • A Cowboys DB ran very fast. Then the NFL drug-tested him.
  • Seeing his wife survive brain surgery made Lions QB stronger.
  • Where have all the Heismans gone, Notre Dame? 
  • The Harbaughs are supporting a Michigan family that lost a child.
  • The strongest woman in the world has a filthy mouth and a heart of gold.
  • Steven Ruiz explains why NFL teams should be running play-action more.
  • Former FSU star Myron Rolle is now a doctor and part of a disaster response team in the Bahamas.
  • Meet the deaf Michigan high school football player who captains his team and dominates opponents.
  • We had a fashion expert grade Cam Newton's outfits.
  • Cuteness alert!


  • PGA Tour golfer Justin Thomas had a melanoma scare.
  • Would Clint Bowyer wreck another driver to win? Well…
  • Hey, 'Bama students, you gotta stay the whole game. OR ELSE.
  • Kobe seems to have maintained his competitive edge.
  • Great moment at Fenway.
  • Some guy did donuts on one of Trump's courses.
  • Kid goes to baseball game. Kid catches foul ball. Kid catches foul ball, again.
  • MLB hitters are hitting baseballs hard and far.
  • Braves superstar Ronald Acuña Jr. is approaching 40-40 territory. Only been done four times.
  • Kevin Chappell played a very good round of golf.


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