Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is back as the starter this week (and likely beyond) after serving his one-game suspension against Minnesota. Urban Meyer said earlier in the week that it was Barrett's job to lose in practice, and it appears the sophomore quarterback has maintained the position. Cardale Jones is listed as the backup after a solid showing against the Golden Gophers in which he went 12-of-22 passing for 187 yards and one touchdown. He also carried the ball 12 times for 65 yards and another touchdown.
No surprises at running back with Ezekiel Elliott as the starter. Elliott rushed for 114 yards last Saturday and extended his streak of consecutive 100-yard games to 13. He also added a touchdown. Bri'onte Dunn and Warren Ball back up Elliott as usual.
Curtis Samuel, Jalin Marshall, and Michael Thomas are your starters at wide receiver. Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, and James Clark are your backups to the starters. Campbell is listed as OR with Jeff Greene.
Braxton Miller remains the starter at H-back. After being tackled hard where it looked like his head came down against the turf, Miller was helped off the field and kept out of the rest of the Minnesota game. The coaching staff said they expect Miller to be fine and ready to play on Saturday against Illinois. Curtis Samuel replaces Dontre Wilson, who was on the sidelines in a walking boot Saturday, as the 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).
Switching to defense, from one end to the other, the starters on the defensive line are listed as Joey Bosa, Adolphus Washington, and Tyquan Lewis. Sam Hubbard is the backup to Bosa, while Donovan Munger OR Tracy Sprinkle backs up Washington. Tommy Schutt OR Joel Hale OR Michael Hill are listed at starting defensive tackle, 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.
At cornerback, not much has changed. Gareon Conley and Eli Apple man the outside edges. Damon Webb has been cleared to play, and after playing against Minnesota, returns as a backup alongside Marshon Lattimore. For safeties, the starters are still Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell. Jarrod Barnes remains Bell's backup, while Malik Hooker remains Powell's backup. Bell had a key interception and return for a touchdown to get Ohio State on the board early and has played extremely well all season.
Jalin Marshall remains the starter at punt returner and has no listed backup.
Jack Willoughby is listed as the lone starter at kicker once again, although he missed a field goal in the 30-39 yard range. Willoughby did connect on all four of his extra points. However, Urban Meyer did mention that Sean Nuernberger would have a couple of chances to kick in practice to see if he could challenge Willoughby. Johnston is still the starting punter and that won't change for the foreseeable future. Curtis Samuel and Warren Ball are the starters at kick return.