The injury bug is biting extra hard through the first month of play, sidelining numerous key contributors.
Wisconsin starting inside linebacker Chris Orr blew out his knee on the first defensive snap of the first game. He is out for the season. Star tailback Corey Clement has missed parts of two games and been limited in two others by a sprained ankle.
Also, Badgers kicker Rafael Gaglianone (back) missed last week’s game at Michigan State and has been upgraded only to questionable this week.
Penn State played last week at Michigan without its three starting linebackers because of injury. Two-year starter Nyeem Wartman-White (knee) is out for the season.
Last week, Rutgers lost a key starter on each side of the ball to season-ending injuries. Receiver/returner Janarion Grant (ankle) had accounted for 35 percent of the Scarlet Knights’ all-purpose yards. Defensive end Quanzell Lambert (knee) had been praised as the leader in the front four.
Michigan State has lost starting outside linebacker Jon Reschke “for a significant period’’ with an ankle sprain suffered last Saturday, coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday. Starting middle linebacker Riley Bullough (shoulder), who missed the Wisconsin game, is listed as questionable this week.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday senior Matt VandeBerg — the team’s leading receiver — suffered a broken foot in practice Monday and is out probably for the rest of the regular season.
Stat of the week
Michigan has scored at least 40 points in its first four games for the first time since 1947.
Players of the week
» Offense: Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong. The senior from Cibolo, Texas, accounted for 378 yards and a touchdown in a win over Northwestern.
» Defense: Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt. The junior from Pewaukee, Wisconsin, had 3.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries in a win over Michigan State.
» Special teams: Iowa punter Ron Coluzzi. The senior from Naperville, Illinois, landed four of his seven punts inside the 20-yard line and averaged 42 yards in a win over Rutgers.
» Freshman: Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook. The West Chester, Pennsylvania, product completed 16 of 26 passes in his first college start for 195 yards and a touchdown in a win over Michigan State.
Bits and pieces
» Today’s rumor control: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer said he hasn’t been contacted about the open job at LSU, adding: “I’m going to be the coach at Ohio State.’’
» Who will Rutgers consider to replace the explosive playmaking lost by the season-ending injury to Grant? Look for Jawuan Harris to get a shot. Last spring, he led Big Ten baseball with 37 stolen bases.
» Minnesota is 14 of 14 in the red zone this season — 13 touchdowns and one field goal.
» Iowa has 3,500 tickets left for Saturday’s homecoming game against Northwestern.