Following a great performance against Penn State, J.T. Barrett is listed as the starting quarterback on the depth chart. Barrett went 4-of-4 passing for two touchdowns and added 11 carries for 102 yards and another two scores on the ground. Cardale Jones is the backup after throwing 9-of-15 for 84 yards.
No surprises at running back with Ezekiel Elliott as the starter. Elliott continued his dominating season with another 100-yard rushing game with 153 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries. Bri'onte Dunn and Warren Ball remain the backups.
Curtis Samuel, Jalin Marshall, and Michael Thomas are your starters at wide receiver. Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, and James Clark are your backups to the starters. It was a quiet game for the receiving core, but Thomas finished with three receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown.
Braxton Miller remains the starter at H-back and had a decent showing against the Nittany Lions. Miller provided some highlight moves and also caught a jump pass on the goal line from J.T. Barrett for a touchdown. Dontre Wilson remains his backup.
The tight end spot is firmly locked down by Nick Vannett, with Marcus Baugh listed as the backup once again. No change there, nor would I expect one for the remainder of the season, barring injury.
The offensive line stays the same up front, with Taylor Decker, Billy Price, Jacoby Boren, Pat Elflein, and Chase Farris (from left to right). A better performance overall against Penn State, but still some left to be desired in pass protection.
Switching to defense, from one end to the other, the starters on the defensive line are listed as Joey Bosa, Adolphus Washington, Tommy Schutt, and Tyquan Lewis. Sam Hubbard is the backup to Bosa, while Donovan Munger OR Tracy Sprinkle backs up Washington. Joel Hale OR Michael Hill back up Schutt, while Jayln Holmes backs up Lewis with Darius Slade closing that side of the line out.
The linebackers remain the same with Joshua Perry at weak outside linebacker, Raekwon McMillan in at middle linebacker, and Darron Lee finishing at strong outside linebacker. There was a question about whether Perry would still be able to play this week after being carted off the field at one point against the Nittany Lions. While he's listed as the starter, the concern over his potential right ankle injury could allow for some Dante Booker action yet again.
At cornerback, nothing has changed as Gareon Conley and Eli Apple man the outside edges with Marshon Lattimore replacing the suspended Damon Webb for backup along with Denzel Ward. For safeties, the starters are still Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell. Jarrod Barnes remains Bell's backup, while Malik Hooker remains Powell's backup. Damon Webb continues to be suspended.
Jalin Marshall remains the starter at punt returner. Dontre Wilson backs up Marshall at punt return.
Jack Willoughby and Sean Nuernberger are still listed as starters with OR in between them for place kicking. Willoughby, however, seems to be the lone starter based off the opportunities and him being on the field for the entirety of the games this season. Willoughby connected on his only field goal attempt last Saturday for 39 yards, but also made all five extra point attempts. Johnston is still the starting punter and that won't change for the foreseeable future. Dontre Wilson and Curtis Samuel are the starters at kick return.