Graded Week 7 selections for Circa Friday Football Invitational

October 24, 2022 09:54 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 7 SELECTIONS

(Updated through Week 7, Oct. 24)

BOBBY “BUCKETS” BRUBECK

Kansas State + 3.5 L

Duke + 10 W

Arizona State + 2.5 W

Mississippi State-Alabama Under 61 W

(BB) Texas A&M-South Carolina Under 45 L

Record (points): 19-16 (19)

Best Bets: 3-4 (3)

CHUCK EDEL

Georgia Southern-Old Dominion Over 66 L

Syracuse-Clemson Under 49.5 W

UCLA-Oregon Over 70.5 W

Jaguars -3 L

(BB) Indiana-Rutgers Over 48 L

Record (points): 21-14 (21)

Best Bets: 2-5 (2)

BRIAN EDWARDS

Texas A&M-South Carolina Over 45 W

Oklahoma State + 6 W

LSU -1.5 W

Missouri -14 L

(BB) Giants + 3 W

Record (points): 15-20 (15)

Best Bets: 4-3 (4)

CHRIS “THE BEAR” FALLICA

UL Monroe + 6.5 L

South Carolina + 3 W

Arizona State + 2.5 W

Texas Tech -6 W

(BB) Broncos + 1 L

Record (points): 21-14 (21)

Best Bets: 5-2 (5)

STEVE FEZZIK

James Madison -11.5 L

New Mexico State + 21.5 L-ppd

Texas-Oklahoma State Under 60.5 L

Cincinnati-SMU Under 60 W

(BB) Kansas State-TCU Under 54.5 L

Record (points): 15-19-1 (15.5)

Best Bets: 4-2-1 (4.5)

JOEY “TUNES” FORTUNA

UCF-East Carolina Over 63 L

Texas -6 L

Vanderbilt-Missouri Under 50 W

Northwestern + 14 W

(BB) Duke-Miami Over 57 W

Record (points): 17-18 (17)

Best Bets: 4-3 (4)

DOUG KEZIRIAN

Wake Forest -20 W

Colorado-Oregon State Under 48.5 L

UCLA-Oregon Over 70.5 W

LSU -1.5 W

(BB) Hawaii-Colorado State Under 46.5 W

Record (points): 20-15 (20)

Best Bets: 4-3 (4)

MARC LAWRENCE

Kansas State + 3.5 L

Marshall + 11.5 W

UCLA + 6.5 L

49ers + 2 L

(BB) Lions + 7 L

Record (points): 18-15-2 (19)

Best Bets: 5-2 (5)

RANDY MCKAY

Kansas State + 3.5 L

Kansas State-TCU Under 54.5 L

Texas -6 L

Texans-Raiders Under 45.5 L

(BB) Minnesota-Penn State Over 43 W

Record (points): 18-15-2 (19)

Best Bets: 5-2 (5)

MIKE NORTH

Tulane -7 W

Wisconsin -2 W

Texans + 7 L

Bears + 8 W

(BB) Texas -6 L

Record (points): 15-19-1 (15.5)

Best Bets: 2-5 (2)

ERIN RYNNING

Indiana-Rutgers Over 48 L

Colorado-Oregon State Under 48.5 L

Lions-Cowboys Over 49 L

Steelers-Dolphins Over 45.5 L

(BB) Giants-Jaguars Over 43 L

Record (points): 14-20-1 (14.5)

Best Bets: 1-5-1 (1.5)

DAN SALEY

Kansas State + 3.5 L

Missouri -14 L

Texas-El Paso + 4 W

Giants + 3 W

(BB) Buffalo + 7.5 W

Record (points): 15-18-2 (16)

Best Bets: 3-4 (3)

JAMES SALINAS

Titans -2.5 W

Falcons + 6.5 L

Browns + 6.5 W

Steelers + 7.5 W

(BB) UCLA + 6.5 L

Record (points): 21-13-1 (21.5)

Best Bets: 2-5 (2)

PAUL STONE

Indiana-Rutgers Under 48 W

UTSA -10 L

Oklahoma State + 6 W

LSU -1.5 W

(BB) California + 7.5 W

Record (points): 18-16-1 (18.5)

Best Bets: 3-4 (3)

JEFF WHITELAW

Titans -2.5 W

Bengals -6.5 W

Browns + 6.5 W

Texans + 7 L

(BB) Chiefs -2 W

Record (points): 18-16-1 (18.5)

Best Bets: 5-2 (5)

CRIS ZENIUK

Mississippi + 1.5 L

Cincinnati -3 L

Seahawks + 5 W

Steelers + 7.5 W

(BB) Jaguars -3 L

Record (points): 17-18 (17)

Best Bets: 2-5 (2)

(Unofficial contestants)

MIKE PALM

Arizona State-Stanford Under 53 W

Penn State -5 W

Titans -2.5 W

Chiefs -2 W

(BB) Cincinnati -3 L

Record (points): 25-9-1 (25.5)

Best Bets: 6-1 (6)

MATT YOUMANS

Kansas State + 3.5 L

UCLA + 6.5 L

Wisconsin -2 W

49ers + 2 L

(BB) LSU -1.5 W

Record (points): 19-16 (19)

Best Bets: 6-1 (6)

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