Graded Week 9 selections for Circa Friday Football Invitational

November 7, 2022 10:54 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 9 SELECTIONS

BOBBY “BUCKETS” BRUBECK

Kansas pick W

Texas -2.5 W

Baylor-Oklahoma Over 61.5 W

Washington State-Stanford Under 49 L

(BB) Bills-Jets Under 46 W

Record (points): 26-19 (26)

Best Bets: 4-5 (4)

CHUCK EDEL

Navy-Cincinnati Under 43.5 W

Ohio State-Northwestern Under 55 W

Georgia -8 W

UCF-Memphis Over 58.5 W

(BB) Middle Tennessee-Louisiana Tech Over 63.5 W

Record (points): 29-16 (29)

Best Bets: 4-5 (4)

BRIAN EDWARDS

North Carolina -7 L

South Carolina -6.5 W

Tennessee +8 L

TCU -8 W

(BB) LSU +13.5 W

Record (points): 21-24 (21)

Best Bets: 5-4 (5)

CHRIS “THE BEAR” FALLICA

Virginia +7 W

Texas -2.5 W

Arizona State +11 L

Vanderbilt +6.5 L

(BB) Georgia Tech +3 W

Record (points): 26-19 (26)

Best Bets: 6-3 (6)

STEVE FEZZIK

Iowa +3.5 W

Florida +3 W

UAB pick L

Bengals -7 W

(BB) Stanford +4.5 L

Record (points): 19-25-1 (19.5)

Best Bets: 5-3-1 (5.5)

JOEY “TUNES” FORTUNA

Florida State-Miami Over 54 L

UCF-Memphis Over 58.5 W

South Alabama-Georgia Southern Over 60.5 W

Texas State-UL Monroe Under 53 L

(BB) Florida-Texas A&M Under 55.5 L

Record (points): 22-23 (22)

Best Bets: 4-5 (4)

DOUG KEZIRIAN

Wake Forest-NC State Under 54.5 W

Brigham Young +8.5 W

Texas Christian -8 W

Alabama-LSU Over 56.5 W

(BB) North Carolina-Virginia Under 60.5 W

Record (points): 28-17 (28)

Best Bets: 6-3 (6)

MARC LAWRENCE

Georgia -8 W

Texas Tech +8 L

Notre Dame +3.5 W

Raiders -2 L

(BB) James Madison +7 L

Record (points): 22-21-2 (23)

Best Bets: 5-4 (5)

RANDY MCKAY

Iowa-Purdue Under 39.5 W

Indiana +13 L

Stanford +4.5 L

Florida-Texas A&M Under 55.5 L

(BB) Rams-Buccaneers Under 42.5 W

Record (points): 22-21-2 (23)

Best Bets: 6-3 (6)

X-MIKE NORTH (first eliminated)

Bills -11.5 L

Falcons +3 P

Cardinals -2 L

Rams +3 P

(BB) Dolphins-Bears Under 45.5 L

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

Best Bets: 3-6 (3)

ERIN RYNNING

UCLA-Arizona State Over 66 W

Clemson-Notre Dame Under 43.5 L

Panthers-Bengals Under 42.5 L

Raiders-Jaguars Over 48 L

(BB) Rams-Buccaneers Over 42.5 L

Record (points): 19-25-1 (19.5)

Best Bets: 2-6-1 (2.5)

DAN SALEY

North Carolina -7 L

Wake Forest -3 L

Baylor +3.5 W

SMU -3 W

(BB) Memphis +3.5 L

Record (points): 21-22-2 (22)

Best Bets: 4-5 (4)

JAMES SALINAS

Texas-San Antonio pick W

Colts-Patriots Under 40.5 W

Falcons +3 P

Seahawks +2 W

(BB) Ravens-Saints Under 48.5 W

Record (points): 27-15-3 (28.5)

Best Bets: 4-5 (4)

PAUL STONE

Army +7 W

Air Force-Army Under 40.5 W

Pittsburgh -4 W

LSU +13.5 W

(BB) Kansas State +2.5 L

Record (points): 23-21-1 (23.5)

Best Bets: 3-6 (3)

JEFF WHITELAW

Penn State -13 W

Missouri pick L

Georgia -8 W

Raiders -2 L

(BB) Vikings -3 P

Record (points): 24-19-2 (25)

Best Bets: 6-2-1 (6.5)

CRIS ZENIUK

Vikings -3 P

Lions +3.5 W

Seahawks +2 W

Titans +12.5 W

(BB) Bears +4.5 W

Record (points): 21-23-1 (21.5)

Best Bets: 3-6 (3)

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MIKE PALM

Wake Forest -3 L

Clemson -3.5 L

Vikings -3 P

Raiders -2 L

(BB) Purdue -3.5 L

Record (points): 26-17-2 (27)

Best Bets: 6-3 (6)

MATT YOUMANS

Iowa +3.5 W

Stanford +4.5 L

LSU +13.5 W

Buccaneers -3 P

(BB) Raiders -2 L

Record (points): 23-21-1 (23.5)

Best Bets: 6-3 (6)

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