Week 5 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

Maryland -3

UL Monroe + 13

Patriots -3

Cowboys + 5

(BB) Miami (Ohio) + 4.5

Record (points): 9-11 (9)

Best Bets: 2-2 (2)

CHUCK EDEL

Michigan-Indiana Over 59.5

USC -13

Arizona State + 13.5

Texas A&M-Alabama Under 50.5

(BB) Liberty-Massachusetts Under 47

Record (points): 14-6 (14)

Best Bets: 2-2 (2)

BRIAN EDWARDS

James Madison -10.5

Mississippi -17

Patriots -3

Lions-Patriots Over 45.5

(BB) North Carolina State -3

Record (points): 6-14 (6)

Best Bets: 3-1 (3)

CHRIS “THE BEAR” FALLICA

Virginia + 3

Florida State + 3

Arizona + 13.5

Southern Mississippi + 7

(BB) Saints -5.5

Record (points): 14-6 (14)

Best Bets: 4-0 (4)

STEVE FEZZIK

Tulane -3

Dolphins -3

Chargers-Browns Under 47.5

Ravens -3

(BB) BYU + 4

Record (points): 11-8-1 (11.5)

Best Bets: 3-0-1 (3.5)

JOEY “TUNES” FORTUNA

Boise State -7.5

Akron-Ohio Under 59

Texas Tech-Oklahoma State Under 66.5

Tulsa-Navy Over 46.5

(BB) Clemson -20.5

Record (points): 8-12 (8)

Best Bets: 1-3 (1)

DOUG KEZIRIAN

Michigan-Indiana Over 59.5

Arkansas State + 11

Louisiana Tech -3

Oregon State -6

(BB) Oregon-Arizona Over 70.5

Record (points): 10-10 (10)

Best Bets: 2-2 (2)

MARC LAWRENCE

Kansas + 7

Iowa State + 1

UCLA + 3

Browns + 2.5

(BB) Commanders + 1.5

Record (points): 12-8 (12)

Best Bets: 4-0 (4)

RANDY MCKAY

Pittsburgh -14

Kansas + 7

Iowa + 3.5

Patriots -3

(BB) Bears + 7.5

Record (points): 10-9-1 (10.5)

Best Bets: 2-2 (2)

MIKE NORTH

LSU + 2.5

Giants + 8

Rams -5

Raiders + 7

(BB) Panthers + 6.5

Record (points): 8-11-1 (8.5)

Best Bets: 2-2 (2)

MIKE PALM

Duke -3.5

Illinois -3.5

Browns + 2.5

Cowboys-Rams Under 43

(BB) Tennessee -2.5

Record (points): 14-5-1 (14.5)

Best Bets: 4-0 (4)

ERIN RYNNING

Purdue-Maryland Over 59.5

Virginia Tech-Pittsburgh Under 42

Georgia Southern-Georgia State Over 66.5

Texas Tech-Oklahoma State Over 66.5

(BB) Dolphins-Jets Over 46

Record (points): 9-10-1 (9.5)

Best Bets: 0-3-1 (0.5)

DAN SALEY

Georgia Southern + 3

Kansas State -1

UCLA + 3.5

Browns + 2.5

(BB) Oregon State -6.5

Record (points): 9-10-1 (9.5)

Best Bets: 2-2 (2)

JAMES SALINAS

Kansas + 7

BYU + 4

Browns + 2.5

Cowboys-Rams Under 43

(BB) Dolphins -3

Record (points): 12-8 (12)

Best Bets: 1-3 (1)

PAUL STONE

Kansas + 7

Kansas State-Iowa State Under 45

Oklahoma State -9

Mississippi State -9

(BB) Tulsa -6

Record (points): 8-12 (8)

Best Bets: 1-3 (1)

JEFF WHITELAW

Maryland -3

Michigan -21.5

Air Force -11

Vanderbilt + 17

(BB) Patriots -3

Record (points): 10-9-1 (10.5)

Best Bets: 2-2 (2)

MATT YOUMANS

Arizona + 13.5

Browns + 2.5

Cowboys + 5

Ravens -3

(BB) Patriots -3

Record (points): 10-10 (10)

Best Bets: 4-0 (4)

CRIS ZENIUK

Seahawks + 5

Jaguars -7

Lions-Patriots Under 45.5

Cowboys + 5

(BB) Browns + 2.5

Record (points): 9-11 (9)

Best Bets: 1-3 (1)

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