Graded Week 8 selections for Circa Friday Football Invitational

November 3, 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 8 SELECTIONS

BOBBY “BUCKETS” BRUBECK

Old Dominion +3.5 L

Old Dominion-Georgia State Under 54.5 W

Baylor-Texas Tech Over 61 W

Panthers +4 W

(BB) Cardinals +3.5 L

Record (points): 22-18 (22)

Best Bets: 3-5 (3)

CHUCK EDEL

Wake Forest-Louisville Over 64.5 W

San Diego State-Fresno State Over 42 W

Stanford-UCLA Over 66.5 L

Auburn +3.5 L

(BB) Mississippi-Texas A&M Over 55 W

Record (points): 24-16 (24)

Best Bets: 3-5 (3)

BRIAN EDWARDS

California +17 L

Arkansas -3.5 W

Florida +23.5 W

Titans -2.5 W

(BB) Missouri-South Carolina Over 45.5 L

Record (points): 18-22 (18)

Best Bets: 4-4 (4)

CHRIS “THE BEAR” FALLICA

Coastal Carolina +2.5 W

Michigan -23 L

Pittsburgh +3 L

Baylor +2 W

(BB) Boston College -8 L

Record (points): 23-17 (23)

Best Bets: 5-3 (5)

STEVE FEZZIK

Marshall -2.5 L

Syracuse -2 L

Toledo-Eastern Michigan Over 54 L

Old Dominion +3.5 L

(BB) Missouri +4 W

Record (points): 16-23-1 (16.5)

Best Bets: 5-2-1 (5.5)

JOEY “TUNES” FORTUNA

New Mexico State-UMass Over 39 L

Old Dominion-Georgia State Under 54 W

Missouri-South Carolina Under 45 W

Vikings -3.5 W

(BB) South Alabama-Arkansas State Over 54 L

Record (points): 20-20 (20)

Best Bets: 4-4 (4)

DOUG KEZIRIAN

Nebraska +7.5 L

Notre Dame-Syracuse Over 47.5 W

Temple +14 W

San Jose State -24.5 L

(BB) Oregon -17 W

Record (points): 23-17 (23)

Best Bets: 5-3 (5)

MARC LAWRENCE

Iowa State +1.5 L

Saints +1.5 W

Cardinals +3.5 L

Browns +3 W

(BB) Kentucky +11.5 L

Record (points): 20-18-2 (21)

Best Bets: 5-3 (5)

RANDY MCKAY

Wake Forest-Louisville Over 64 W

Wyoming-Hawaii Under 50.5 W

Jaguars -2.5 L

Colts -3 L

(BB) Iowa State +1.5 L

Record (points): 20-18-2 (21)

Best Bets: 5-3 (5)

MIKE NORTH

Texas A&M +1.5 L

Stanford +16.5 L

Texans +3 L

Rams +1.5 L

(BB) Louisville +3 W

Record (points): 16-23-1 (16.5)

Best Bets: 3-5 (3)

ERIN RYNNING

Arizona State-Colorado Over 47.5 W

Stanford-UCLA Over 66.5 L

Baylor-Texas Tech Over 61 W

Patriots-Jets Under 40 W

(BB) Wake Forest-Louisville Over 64.5 W

Record (points): 18-21-1 (18.5)

Best Bets: 2-5-1 (2.5)

DAN SALEY

Missouri +4 W

West Virginia +7.5 L

Louisville +3 W

Eastern Michigan +7 W

(BB) Central Florida -1 W

Record (points): 19-19-2 (20)

Best Bets: 4-4 (4)

JAMES SALINAS

Jaguars -2.5 L

Commanders +3 W

Rams +1.5 L

Bengals-Browns Under 45 P

(BB) Seahawks -3 W

Record (points): 23-15-2 (24)

Best Bets: 3-5 (3)

PAUL STONE

Miami-Virginia Under 48 W

Iowa State +1.5 L

Mississippi-Texas A&M Under 55 L

Texas-El Paso -2.5 L

(BB) Texas Tech -2 L

Record (points): 19-20-1 (19.5)

Best Bets: 3-5 (3)

JEFF WHITELAW

Central Florida -1 W

Oklahoma -1.5 W

Vikings -3.5 W

Jets +3 L

(BB) Packers-Bills Under 47 W

Record (points): 22-17-1 (22.5)

Best Bets: 6-2 (6)

CRIS ZENIUK

Bears +10 L

Jets +3 L

Bills -10.5 L

Rutgers +14.5 L

(BB) Jaguars -2.5 L

Record (points): 17-23 (17)

Best Bets: 2-6 (2)

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MIKE PALM

Georgia Tech-Florida State Under 47.5 L

Cardinals-Vikings Under 49 L

Bears +10 L

49ers -1.5 W

(BB) Northwestern +11.5 L

Record (points): 26-13-1 (26.5)

Best Bets: 6-2 (6)

MATT YOUMANS

Nebraska +7.5 L

Penn State +15.5 W

Hawaii +11.5 W

Steelers +10.5 L

(BB) Kentucky +11.5 L

Record (points): 21-19 (21)

Best Bets: 6-2 (6)

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