NFL and College Football Week 10 picks for Circa Friday Football Invitational - Reuters

NFL and College Football Week 10 picks for Circa Friday Football Invitational – Reuters

On Friday nights in the fall for more than a decade, football bettors flocked to a small, smoky bookie on the Strip to see two handicappers go head-to-head in a $10,000 win-win contest. Competitors’ names were lit up outside on the marquee, adding an element of prestige to being part of the Stardust Invitational.

The contest ended after the 2005 season – the Stardust ended on November 1. 1, 2006 and its two hotel towers imploded in March 2007 – and it was missed.

So it’s time to bring back memories of an old friend. To top it all off at the Stardust Invitational, Circa owner Derek Stevens is putting his money in and supporting a new VSIN-produced event, the Circa Friday Football Invitational.

The theme is the same, but the contest format is slightly different and improved. Although there are still 16 handicappers in a bracket, all competitors are involved each week in a season-long competition, unlike the Stardust format which pitted only two handicappers per week in a top-down elimination duel- headed. Stevens upped the prize money to $25,000.

The field of 16 handicaps is officially defined. Here are the contest details:

Sixteen handicappers compete – with no entry fee – in a season-long competition with $25,000 in prizes awarded.

When: From Friday September 9 to Friday January 6, 2023 (18 weeks)

Where: Studio VSIN at Circa sports betting

Contest plays: Five games, college and NFL teams and totals (no props, team totals, first half games, etc.) with one designated as the best bet (BB).

RANKING

WEEK 10 SELECTION

BOBBY “BUCKETS” BRUBECK

Louisville +6.5 UL Monroe-Georgia State Over 59 Texas State-South Alabama Under 46.5 North Texas +6 (BB) Browns +3.5 Record (points): 26-19 (26) Best bets: 4 -5 (4)

CHUCK NOBLE

Indiana-Ohio State Over 61 South Carolina-Florida Over 59.5 Vanderbilt-Kentucky Under 47 Arizona-UCLA Over 76 (BB) Louisiana Tech-UTSA Over 68 Record (points): 29-16 (29) Better bets: 4-5 (4)

BRIAN EDWARDS

Mississippi +12 Seahawks +2.5 Bears -3 Titans -3 (BB) Texas A&M-Auburn Record over 48 (points): 21-24 (21) Best bets: 5-4 (5)

CHRIS “THE BEAR” FALLICA

Louisville +6.5 Arizona State +9 Arizona +20 Buccaneers -2.5 (BB) Texas Tech -4 Record (points): 26-19 (26) Best bets: 6-3 (6)

STEVE FEZIK

Vanderbilt-Kentucky Under 47.5 Louisiana Tech-UTSA Over 68 Jaguars-Chiefs Over 50.5 Texans-Giants Over 40.5 (BB) Southern Mississippi +5 Record (points): 19-25-1 (19 ,5) Best bets: 5-3-1 (5.5)

JOEY “TUNES” FORTUNA

Central Florida-Tulane Over 54 Washington States -8 Giants -4.5 Raiders -4.5 (BB) Army-Troy Over 46 Record (points): 22-23 (22) Best bets: 4-5 (4)

DOUG KEZIRIAN

Navy +16 Utah -24 Auburn -1.5 Steelers +1.5 (BB) Boston College-NC State Over 41 Record (points): 28-17 (28) Best bets: 6-3 (6)

MARK LAURENT

Louisville +6.5 Washington +13 Browns +3.5 Packers +4 (BB) Cardinals +3 Record (points): 22-21-2 (23) Best bets: 5-4 (5)

RANDY MCKAY

Central Florida-Tulane Over 54 Mississippi +12 New Mexico +21.5 Chargers +7 (BB) Seahawks-Buccaneers Under 44.5 Record (points): 22-21-2 (23) Best bets: 6-3 (6)

X-MIKE NORTH (first eliminated)

Record (points): 16-26-3 (17.5) Best bets: 3-6 (3)

ERIN RYNNING

Nebraska-Michigan Under 49.5 Arizona State-Washington State Over 59.5 Mississippi +12 Broncos +3 (BB) Cowboys-Packers Over 44 Record (points): 19-25-1 (19.5) Best bets : 2-6-1 (2.5)

DAN SALEY

North Carolina State -18 Tulane -1 Baylor -3 Hawaii +11.5 (BB) North Texas +6 Record (points): 21-22-2 (22) Best results: 4-5 (4)

JAMES SALINAS

Connecticut +13.5 Army-Troy Under 46 Broncos +3 Colts-Raiders Under 41.5 (BB) Steelers +1.5 Record (points): 27-15-3 (28.5) Best bets: 4-5 ( 4)

PAUL PETER

West Virginia +8.5 South Carolina +8.5 Texas Christian +7.5 Army-Troy Under 46 (BB) Florida State-Syracuse Under 50.5 Record (points): 23-21-1 (23.5 ) Best bets: 3-6 (3)

JEFF WHITELAW

Tulane -1 Arizona State-Washington State Under 59.5 Steelers +1.5 Commanders +11 (BB) Browns +3.5 Record (points): 24-19-2 (25) Best bets: 6-2-1 (6.5)

CHRIS ZENIUK

Hawaii +11.5 Browns +3.5 Bills -3 49ers -7 (BB) Cowboys -4 Record (points): 21-23-1 (21.5) Best bets: 3-6 (3)

MIKE PALM

Illinois -6.5 Iowa State -1.5 Wisconsin Seahawks pick +2.5 (BB) Colts-Raiders Under 41.5 Record (points): 26-17-2 (27) Best bets: 6-3 ( 6)

MATT YOUMANS

Arizona +20 Auburn -1.5 Hawaii +11.5 Buccaneers -2.5 (BB) Steelers +1.5 Record (points): 23-21-1 (23.5) Best bets: 6-3 (6)

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