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Dr. Saturday's College Football Madness: Round One, Region 3

Nick Bromberg
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Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) against the Oklahoma Sooners during the second quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Welcome to Dr. Saturday's College Football Madness. Ever wondered how the 2013 college football season could have turned out with a 68-team playoff? You've come to the right spot. While 68 teams participate in the NCAA tournament, we're running an expanded college football playoff. And you're in charge. Each matchup is open to a vote and the team with the most votes in each game moves on to the next round. We started the matchups off with Region 1 here. Now it's time for Region 3.

Will we get to see a hypothetical Elite Eight matchup that would be the game of the college football offseason given the 10-second rule debate? Voting for the first round matchups in Region 3 is open until Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m. ET. Click here for the bracket.

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 16 Towson

The Tigers had a great run through the FCS playoffs, but we're guessing it won't happen here.

No. 8 Texas Tech vs. No. 9 Miami

We promise we didn't rig this for Alabama to potentially get the Red Raiders, Oklahoma State and Baylor on the way to a Final Four berth.

No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 13 Rice

Rice will be glad not to face an SEC team in the first round. But Oklahoma State beat Mississippi State to start the year.

No. 5 Louisville vs. No. 12 Houston

Yes, it's an AAC matchup that's a rematch from earlier in the season. But because of it, Houston gets another crack at the Cardinals.

No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 11 Navy

The Bulldogs had a close game against Georgia Tech to end the year. The Yellow Jackets run the triple option. So does Navy.

No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette

What are the chances of Clemsoning this game up?

No. 7 Nebraska vs. No. 10 Arizona

This is one of the better matchups of the first round. You can make a convincing case for each team.

No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 15 North Carolina

Sorry Tar Heels, you didn't exactly go into the postseason on a roll. Thus, you draw Baylor.

[NCAA tournament: Check out the full bracket | The Dagger blog | Buy team gear]

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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