A week removed from Kenny Guiton getting to 10 touchdowns passing on the season, Ohio State has a bit of a quarterback controversy – at least on paper. Though the weekly depth chart the team releases is more of a loose guideline than anything else, Guiton is listed as the co-starter for the first time along with Buckeye regular (and widely expected to return) Braxton Miller. Miller had been listed previously as the starter in each of the past two weeks' depth charts though he failed to play in either games.
This week's big primetime matchup depth chart actually represents the most marked change in the chart's issuance since Week 1 of the season. Gone are freshman WR Jalin Marshall and JUCO transfer Corey Smith (both expected to redshirt). While inexplicably Michael Thomas, another wide receiver expected to sit out 2013, remains listed as the top backup at the X-receiver spot.
Bri'onte Dunn, speculated to be in Urban Meyer's doghouse and also expected to redshirt, is no longer listed as the co-third string running back. After getting no playing time in Ohio State's first four games, the tailback pecking order is now senior Jordan Hall, fellow senior Carlos Hyde along with junior Rod Smith. Warren Ball is also no longer listed as the co-third string tailback.
Getting back to the wide receivers, there were a few aesthetic shifts around, though many of these "new" roles were already reflected in recent weeks' action. After previously being listed as the starter at H-back, Chris Fields is now shown as the backup at Z-Receiver. Philly Brown, who'd been listed the starter as the X-receiver, is now listed as the starter there. Devin Smith shifts from co-starter at X-receiver to the lone starter. The injured James Clark, who's expected to miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury, is off the depth chart as expected.
The defensive depth chart is a bit more static, though most notably, Adolphus Washington is still listed as a starter. Washington had missed the entirety of Ohio State's previous two games as he struggled to bounce back from a groin injury. Michael Bennett, who sat out against Florida A&M, is also still listed as a starter. MIke Mitchell, who defensive coordinator Luke Fickell revealed is expected to redshirt despite being one of the first newcomers to lose his black stripe, is no longer on the depth chart either.
Here are the Week 5 Ohio State-Wisconsin game depth charts in their entireties: