Week 3 selections for Circa Friday Football Invitational

September 24, 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 THROUGH WEEK 2

WEEK 3 SELECTIONS

BOBBY “BUCKETS” BRUBECK

Miami (Ohio) 7.5

Arkansas 1.5

Bills-Dolphins Over 53

Cowboys 1

(BB) Falcons 1

Record (points): 4-6 (4)

Best Bets: 0-2 (0)

CHUCK EDEL

Indiana-Cincinnati Over 57

Arkansas State 5

Tulsa-Mississippi Over 65.5

Texans-Bears Under 39

(BB) TCU-SMU Over 70.5

Record (points): 9-1 (9)

Best Bets: 1-1 (1)

BRIAN EDWARDS

North Carolina -1.5

Clemson -7

Vanderbilt-Alabama Over 58.5

49ers -1.5

(BB) Arkansas 1.5

Record (points): 5-5 (5)

Best Bets: 2-0 (2)

CHRIS “THE BEAR” FALLICA

Michigan State 3

Iowa -8.5

New Mexico State -4.5

Oklahoma -12

(BB) Texas A&M -1.5

Record (points): 7-3 (7)

Best Bets: 2-0 (2)

STEVE FEZZIK

Bowling Green-Mississippi State Over 52

TCU-SMU Over 70.5

Patriots 3

Panthers 3

(BB) Washington -13.5

Record (points): 7-3 (7)

Best Bets: 2-0 (2)

JOEY “TUNES” FORTUNA

Charlotte 23

Middle Tennessee 25.5

Louisiana Tech 13

Western Kentucky -31

(BB) Clemson -7

Record (points): 4-6 (4)

Best Bets: 1-1 (1)

DOUG KEZIRIAN

Boston College 17.5

New Mexico State -4.5

UL-Monroe 9

UNLV -3

(BB) James Madison 7

Record (points): 5-5 (5)

Best Bets: 1-1 (1)

MARC LAWRENCE

James Madison 7

Kansas State 12

Patriots 3

Packers pick

(BB) Colts 5.5

Record (points): 5-5 (5)

Best Bets: 2-0 (2)

RANDY MCKAY

Maryland 17

Troy 3

Lions 6

Jaguars-Chargers Under 45

(BB) Buccaneers pick

Record (points): 7-3 (7)

Best Bets: 2-0 (2) 

MIKE NORTH

Stanford 13.5

Texas A&M -1.5

Vikings -6

Broncos 1.5

(BB) Patriots 3

Record (points): 5-5 (5)

Best Bets: 2-0 (2)

ERIN RYNNING

Kansas -7

Tulsa-Mississippi Over 65.5

Bengals-Jets Over 45

Chiefs-Colts Over 50.5

(BB) 49ers-Broncos Over 44

Record (points): 5-5 (5)

Best Bets: 0-2 (0)

DAN SALEY

Clemson -7

Kansas -7

Tulsa 21

UL-Lafayette -8.5

(BB) Michigan -17

Record (points): 5-5 (5)

Best Bets: 1-1 (1)

JAMES SALINAS

SMU 1.5

Jets 6

Jaguars 7

Falcons 1

(BB) Bills-Dolphins Over 53

Record (points): 7-3 (7)

Best Bets: 1-1 (1)

PAUL STONE

Kansas -7

Washington State 7

Arkansas 1.5

Arkansas-Texas A&M Under 49.5

(BB) Rice-Houston Over 51.5

Record (points): 4-6 (4)

Best Bets: 0-2 (0)

JEFF WHITELAW

Patriots 3

Panthers 3

Bears -2.5

Seahawks -1

(BB) Bills-Dolphins Over 53

Record (points): 6-4 (6)

Best Bets: 1-1 (1)

CRIS ZENIUK

North Carolina -2.5

Michigan State 3

Washington State 7

Commanders 6.5

(BB) 49ers -1.5

Record (points): 5-5 (5)

Best Bets: 1-1 (1)

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