Graded Week 13 NFL and college football selections for Circa Friday Football Invitational

December 5, 2022 11:01 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

WEEK 13 SELECTIONS

(Updated through Week 13, Dec. 5)

X-BOBBY “BUCKETS” BRUBECK (fifth eliminated)

Ohio +3 L

Jets +3 L

Jaguars -1 L

Raiders -1 W

(BB) Titans +4.5 L

Record (points): 29-34-2 (30)

Best Bets: 4-9 (4)

CHUCK EDEL

Kansas State +2 W

Kansas State-TCU Under 61.5 W

Toledo -3 W

Coastal Carolina +8.5 L

(BB) Fresno State-Boise State Over 54.5 L

Record (points): 39-26 (39)

Best Bets: 5-8 (5)

BRIAN EDWARDS

Fresno State +3 W

LSU +17.5 L

Vikings -3 W

Lions +1 W

(BB) TCU -2 L

Record (points): 30-35 (30)

Best Bets: 6-7 (6)

CHRIS “THE BEAR” FALLICA

Fresno State +3 W

Jets +3 L

Jaguars -1 L

49ers -4 W

(BB) Georgia -17.5 W

Record (points): 38-27 (38)

Best Bets: 10-3 (10)

X-STEVE FEZZIK (second eliminated)

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

Best Bets: 6-3-1 (6.5)

JOEY “TUNES” FORTUNA

Kansas State +2 W

LSU-Georgia Over 51.5 W

Purdue-Michigan Over 52 W

Rams +7 W

(BB) Browns -7 W

Record (points): 37-28 (37)

Best Bets: 7-6 (7)

DOUG KEZIRIAN

Toledo -3 W

LSU +17.5 L

Purdue +17 L

Packers-Bears Over 44.5 W

(BB) Browns-Texans Under 47 W

Record (points): 39-24-2 (40)

Best Bets: 7-4-2 (8)

MARC LAWRENCE

LSU +17.5 L

Purdue +17 L

Titans +4.5 L

Giants +2 W

(BB) Kansas State +2 W

Record (points): 33-30-2 (34)

Best Bets: 8-5 (8) 

RANDY MCKAY

Kansas State-TCU Under 62 W

Purdue +17 L

Montana State -5 W

Jets-Vikings Over 44.5 W

(BB) Richmond +17 W

Record (points): 36-27-2 (37)

Best Bets: 8-5 (8) 

X-MIKE NORTH (first eliminated)

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

Best Bets: 3-6 (3)

X-ERIN RYNNING (third eliminated)

Record (points): 24-30-1 (24.5)

Best Bets: 3-7-1 (3.5)

DAN SALEY

Ohio +3 L

Fresno State +3 W

Purdue +17 L

Titans +4.5 L

(BB) Central Florida +4 L

Record (points): 31-32-2 (32)

Best Bets: 5-8 (5)

JAMES SALINAS

LSU +17.5 L

North Carolina +7.5 L

Jets +3 L

Dolphins +4 L

(BB) Lions +1 W

Record (points): 35-27-3 (36.5)

Best Bets: 7-6 (7)

PAUL STONE

Fresno State +3 W

LSU +17.5 L

North Carolina +7.5 L

Purdue +17 L

(BB) TCU -2 L

Record (points): 34-30-1 (34.5)

Best Bets: 5-8 (5)

JEFF WHITELAW

LSU-Georgia Over 51.5 W

Bears +3.5 L

Packers-Bears Over 44.5 W

Colts +10.5 L

(BB) 49ers -4 W

Record (points): 37-25-3 (38.5)

Best Bets: 8-3-2 (9)

 X-CRIS ZENIUK (fourth eliminated)

Record (points): 26-32-2 (27)

Best Bets: 4-8 (4)

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MIKE PALM

Kansas State-TCU Over 61.5 L

Purdue +17 L

Lions -1 W

Saints +3.5 W

(BB) Jets +3 L

Record (points): 35-28-2 (36)

Best Bets: 8-5 (8)

MATT YOUMANS

LSU +17.5 L

North Carolina +7.5 L

Steelers pick W

Titans +4.5 L

(BB) Purdue +17 L

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

Best Bets: 7-6 (7)

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