The 2006 football season kicked off with a bang last weekend and all 11 Big Ten teams came to play. The conference notched 11 wins for the week – and only one game was competitive. This is a fantastic start for the Big Ten in a season where they should have no problem finding teams for their seven allotted bowl bids.

That being said, the majority of the 11 wins came against the mid-major Mid-American Conference and each of the Big Ten teams were favored. In essence, they were supposed to win 11 games last weekend. But the competition is about to become a bit stiffer in week two and certain teams vying for the BCS Championship Game in Glendale will need to find an extra gear to keep those title hopes alive.

Here is a recap of some of the highlights from last weekend, as well as a look ahead for what’s in store for the Big Ten Conference:

– Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema had a successful debut as his team took down Bowling Green by a score of 35-14 in Cleveland. He has some big shoes to fill following the legendary Barry Alvarez, but he proved up to the task in week one. This was the second game of a home-and-home series over the last two seasons between the two schools. But Wisconsin did receive a bit of a break when the game was moved to Cleveland, two hours away from the campus of Bowling Green. For those of you that watched the game on ESPN GamePlan, you could see that the stands were only about one-third full, depriving the Falcons of any home-field advantage.

Bowling Green started off hot with a 10-play drive that led to a touchdown after QB Freddie Barnes ran a draw play up the middle from 21 yards out. That had to put a scare into the Badgers, but they responded immediately when their own 10-play drive was capped by a 7-yard run by Dywon Rowan. The Badgers didn’t look back and would win the game comfortably by a score of 35-14. As for the Falcons, they may want to reconsider their spread punt formation as this led to problems all night, including a blocked punt that Jonathon Casillas picked up for a touchdown. They need to just punt the ball like a normal team and not worry about trying to be creative.

Next up for Wisconsin is a home date with Western Illinois. There is no line onufabetมือถือ this game due to the fact that the Fighting Leathernecks are a 1-AA team from the Gateway Conference. The Badgers host San Diego State the following week, and should be 3-0 when they head into Ann Arbor on Sept. 23.

– For years Northern Illinois has hung tough with the big boys from the Midwest. With Texas on the horizon, we saw this as a perfect situation to go against Ohio State with a 5-unit selection. Since the Huskies did not have the edge in talent, it was important that they got off to a good start at the Horseshoe. Obviously they didn’t. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 21-0 lead after one quarter of play. QB Troy Smith tossed touchdown passes of 5 and 58 yards to Ted Ginn Jr. on the first two possessions as the Buckeyes geared up for next week’s showdown at Texas with a 35-12 victory.

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