Graded Week 10 NFL and college football selections for Circa Friday Football Invitational

November 14, 2022 11:54 PM
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On Friday nights in the fall for more than a decade, football bettors would crowd a small, smoky sportsbook on the Strip to see two handicappers go head to head in a $10,000 winner-take-all contest. The contestants’ names were lit up outside on the marquee, adding an element of prestige to being a part of the Stardust Invitational.

The contest concluded after the 2005 season -- the Stardust closed on Nov. 1, 2006 and its two hotel towers were imploded in March 2007 -- and it has been missed.

So it’s time to bring back memories of an old friend. In a tip of the cap to the Stardust Invitational, Circa owner Derek Stevens is putting up his money and putting his support behind a new VSIN-produced event, the Circa Friday Football Invitational.

The theme is the same, but the contest format is slightly different and improved. While there are still 16 handicappers in a bracket, all contestants are involved each week in a season-long competition, as opposed to the Stardust format that pitted only two handicappers a week in a head-to-head elimination duel. Stevens has boosted the prize money to $25,000.

The 16-handicapper field is officially set. Here are the contest details:

Sixteen handicappers compete -- with no entry fee required -- in a season-long contest with $25,000 in prizes awarded.

When: Friday, September 9 through Friday, January, 6, 2023 (18 weeks)

Where: VSIN studio at the Circa sportsbook

Contest plays: Five plays, college and NFL sides and totals (no props, team totals, first-half plays etc.) with one designated as the Best Bet (BB).

STANDINGS

GRADED WEEK 10 SELECTIONS

 

(Updated through Week 10, Nov. 14)

BOBBY “BUCKETS” BRUBECK

Louisville +6.5 L

UL Monroe-Georgia State Over 59 P

Texas State-South Alabama Under 46.5 L

North Texas +6 L

(BB) Browns +3.5 L

Record (points): 26-23-1 (26.5)

Best Bets: 4-6 (4)

CHUCK EDEL

Indiana-Ohio State Over 61 W

South Carolina-Florida Over 59.5 L

Vanderbilt-Kentucky Under 47 W

Arizona-UCLA Over 76 L

(BB) Louisiana Tech-UTSA Over 68 L

Record (points): 31-19 (31)

Best Bets: 4-6 (4)

BRIAN EDWARDS

Mississippi +12 W

Seahawks +2.5 L

Bears -3 L

Titans -3 W

(BB) Texas A&M-Auburn Over 48 L

Record (points): 23-27 (23)

Best Bets: 5-5 (5)

CHRIS “THE BEAR” FALLICA

Louisville +6.5 L

Arizona State +9 L

Arizona +20 W

Buccaneers -2.5 W

(BB) Texas Tech -4 W

Record (points): 29-21 (29)

Best Bets: 7-3 (7)

X-STEVE FEZZIK (second eliminated)

Vanderbilt-Kentucky Under 47.5 W

Louisiana Tech-UTSA Over 68 L

Jaguars-Chiefs Over 50.5 L

Texans-Giants Over 40.5 L

(BB) Southern Mississippi +5 W

Record (points): 21-28-1 (21.5)

Best Bets: 6-3-1 (6.5)

JOEY “TUNES” FORTUNA

Central Florida-Tulane Over 54 W

Washington State -8 W

Giants -4.5 W

Raiders -4.5 L

(BB) Army-Troy Over 46 L

Record (points): 25-25 (25)

Best Bets: 4-6 (4)

DOUG KEZIRIAN

Navy +16 W

Utah -24 W

Auburn -1.5 W

Steelers +1.5 W

(BB) Boston College-NC State Over 41 P

Record (points): 32-17-1 (32.5)

Best Bets: 6-3-1 (6.5)

MARC LAWRENCE

Louisville +6.5 L

Washington +13 W

Browns +3.5 L

Packers +4 W

(BB) Cardinals +3 W

Record (points): 25-23-2 (26)

Best Bets: 6-4 (6)

RANDY MCKAY

Central Florida-Tulane Over 54 W

Mississippi +12 W

New Mexico +21.5 L

Chargers +7 W

(BB) Seahawks-Buccaneers Under 44.5 W

Record (points): 26-22-2 (27)

Best Bets: 7-3 (7)

X-MIKE NORTH (first eliminated)

Record (points): 16-26-3 (17.5)

Best Bets: 3-6 (3)

ERIN RYNNING

Nebraska-Michigan Under 49.5 W

Arizona State-Washington State Over 59.5 L

Mississippi +12 W

Broncos +3 L

(BB) Cowboys-Packers Over 44 W

Record (points): 22-27-1 (22.5)

Best Bets: 3-6-1 (3.5)

DAN SALEY

North Carolina State -18 L

Tulane -1 L

Baylor -3 L

Hawaii +11.5 W

(BB) North Texas +6 L

Record (points): 22-26-2 (23)

Best Bets: 4-6 (4)

JAMES SALINAS

Connecticut +13.5 W

Army-Troy Under 46 W

Broncos +3 L

Colts-Raiders Under 41.5 L

(BB) Steelers +1.5 W

Record (points): 30-17-3 (31.5)

Best Bets: 5-5 (5)

PAUL STONE

West Virginia +8.5 W

South Carolina +8.5 L

Texas Christian +7.5 W

Army-Troy Under 46 W

(BB) Florida State-Syracuse Under 50.5 W

Record (points): 27-22-1 (27.5)

Best Bets: 4-6 (4)

JEFF WHITELAW

Tulane -1 L

Arizona State-Washington State Under 59.5 W

Steelers +1.5 W

Commanders +11 W

(BB) Browns +3.5 L

Record (points): 27-21-2 (28)

Best Bets: 6-3-1 (6.5)

CRIS ZENIUK

Hawaii +11.5 W

Browns +3.5 L

Bills -3 L

49ers -7 L

(BB) Cowboys -4 L

Record (points): 22-27-1 (22.5)

Best Bets: 3-7 (3)

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MIKE PALM

Illinois -6.5 L

Iowa State -1.5 L

Wisconsin pick L

Seahawks +2.5 L

(BB) Colts-Raiders Under 41.5 L

Record (points): 26-22-2 (27)

Best Bets: 6-4 (6)

MATT YOUMANS

Arizona +20 W

Auburn -1.5 W

Hawaii +11.5 W

Buccaneers -2.5 W

(BB) Steelers +1.5 W

Record (points): 28-21-1 (28.5)

Best Bets: 7-3 (7)

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