Week 4 selections for Circa Friday Football Invitational

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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 4 SELECTIONS

 

BOBBY “BUCKETS” BRUBECK

TCU + 5.5

Arkansas + 17.5

Central Michigan + 7

Indiana-Nebraska Over 60.5

(BB) Oklahoma State-Baylor Over 55.5

Record (points): 7-8 (7)

Best Bets: 1-2 (1)

CHUCK EDEL

Boston College + 14

Georgia Southern-Coastal Carolina Over 65

Florida Atlantic-North Texas Over 67.5

Browns-Falcons Over 47

(BB) Buccaneers pick

Record (points): 12-3 (12)

Best Bets: 2-1 (2)

BRIAN EDWARDS

Baylor -2

Arkansas + 17.5

Texans + 5

Browns-Falcons Over 47

(BB) Kentucky + 7

Record (points): 5-10 (5)

Best Bets: 2-1 (2)

CHRIS “THE BEAR” FALLICA

Purdue + 12

Iowa State -3

Michigan -10.5

49ers -1.5

(BB) Utah -10.5

Record (points): 10-5 (10)

Best Bets: 3-0 (3)

STEVE FEZZIK

Army -7.5

Texas Tech-Kansas State Under 57.5

Texas A&M-Mississippi State Under 46.5

Wyoming + 3

(BB) Vikings -3

Record (points): 11-4 (11)

Best Bets: 3-0 (3)

JOEY “TUNES” FORTUNA

Georgia Southern-Coastal Carolina Over 65

Cal-Washington State Under 53.5

Mississippi -6.5

UTEP-Charlotte Over 54.5

(BB) Texas A&M-Mississippi State Under 46.5

Record (points): 6-9 (6)

Best Bets: 1-2 (1)

DOUG KEZIRIAN

New Mexico State -14.5

Utah -10.5

Arkansas + 17.5

Georgia -29

(BB) LSU -8

Record (points): 9-6 (9)

Best Bets: 2-1 (2)

MARC LAWRENCE

Oklahoma State + 2

Iowa + 10.5

Cardinals + 1

Buccaneers pick

(BB) 49ers -1.5

Record (points): 9-6 (9)

Best Bets: 3-0 (3)

RANDY MCKAY

Florida Atlantic-North Texas Under 67.5

Vikings -3

Steelers -3

Patriots-Packers Under 40.5

(BB) Iowa + 10.5

Record (points): 10-5 (10)

Best Bets: 2-1 (2)

MIKE NORTH

Saints + 3

Browns -1

Patriots + 9

Buccaneers pick

(BB) Commanders + 3

Record (points): 7-8 (7)

Best Bets: 2-1 (2)

MIKE PALM

Penn State -25.5

Titans + 4

Bills -3

Cowboys -3

(BB) Purdue-Minnesota Under 52

Record (points): 11-4 (11)

Best Bets: 3-0 (3)

ERIN RYNNING

Georgia Southern-Coastal Carolina Over 65

Georgia State-Army Under 54

Indiana-Nebraska Under 60.5

Broncos-Raiders Over 45.5

(BB) Vikings -3

Record (points): 6-9 (6)

Best Bets: 0-3 (0)

DAN SALEY

Georgia Southern + 10

Army -8

Tulsa + 10

Wyoming + 3

(BB) Raiders -2.5

Record (points): 7-8 (7)

Best Bets: 1-2 (1)

JAMES SALINAS

UL Lafayette + 8.5

Titans + 4

Seahawks + 4

Buccaneers pick

(BB) Steelers -3

Record (points): 9-6 (9)

Best Bets: 1-2 (1)

PAUL STONE

Oregon State + 10.5

Texas A&M-Mississippi State Under 47

Iowa + 10.5

Arkansas + 17.5

(BB) Wyoming + 3

Record (points): 8-7 (8)

Best Bets: 1-2 (1)

JEFF WHITELAW

West Virginia + 9

Vikings -3

Steelers -3

Raiders -2.5

(BB) Cowboys -3

Record (points): 8-7 (8)

Best Bets: 1-2 (1)

MATT YOUMANS

Iowa + 10.5

Arkansas + 17.5

Steelers -3

49ers -1.5

(BB) Raiders -2.5

Record (points): 8-7 (8)

Best Bets: 3-0 (3)

CRIS ZENIUK

Cowboys -3

Browns -1

Chiefs pick

49ers -1.5

(BB) Jaguars + 6.5

Record (points): 6-9 (6)

Best Bets: 1-2 (1)

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