Dr. Saturday's College Football Madness: The Elite Eight is full of surprises

Les Miles' team is one win away from the Final Four. (USA Today Sports Images)

Les Miles

Les Miles' team is one win away from the Final Four. (USA Today Sports Images)

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.

Sayonara, Florida State. We're going to have a new champion in College Football Madness.

The Sweet 16 was our craziest round yet. We had a lot of upsets and one game with a record amount of votes. The game wasn't an upset either.

Florida State fell to LSU in what can only be described as an improbable result. There's no way a Zach Mettenberger-less LSU team beats Florida State, but we'll suspend belief for the sake of College Football Madness. We've got to do it for Utah State's upset over Oregon anyway.

Fresno State took down No. 1 seed Michigan State and Northern Illinois knocked off Ohio State. Yes, this is quite the intriguing Elite Eight.

Voting is open for the Elite Eight until 10 a.m. ET Thursday, April 3. We'll play the Final Four immediately after Elite Eight voting concludes. If you're looking for the original bracket, click here. Otherwise, let's get on with it, shall we?


No. 4 LSU vs. No. 10 Utah State

Both teams are coming off odds-defying wins in the Sweet 16 so we're not going to venture a guess as to what happens here.



No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Northern Illinois

A battle for the area just west of Lake Michigan. Can the Badgers be in the Final Four twice?



No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Clemson

By far the strongest matchup of our Elite Eight and it should be a Final Four game. However, they're in the same region. Can the Clemson army upset Alabama?



No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 5 Fresno State

Derek Carr vs. Trevor Knight. We'll say it's a wash and could come down to the defenses, where OU has a distinct advantage.




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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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