After a slow start, Ohio State thumped Rutgers in its first Big Ten game of the season to a tune of 58-0. The Buckeyes made up for a quiet first quarter and simply shut down any offense that the Scarlet Knights had. This week Ohio State hosts Indiana, who just upset Michigan State. The Buckeyes will have to be wary of an upset-minded Hoosiers team. Here’s a look at the depth chart this week.
J.T. Barrett is the starting quarterback and will be for the entirety of the season, barring injury. Barrett and the offense took off following the first quarter, throwing 21-of-29 for 238 yards and four touchdowns as he continues his Heisman campaign. He only played about half of the third quarter before backups were brought in, but still managed to break the all-time school record for career passing touchdowns. Joe Burrow got some action as well and remains the backup.
At running back, Mike Weber had his best game of the season. Weber remains the starter with OR in between he and Samuel. Weber rushed for 144 yards on 14 carries and added a touchdown as well. The highlight of Weber’s afternoon was a 46-yard touchdown run near the start of the third quarter.
The starters are the same as in previous weeks, as the receiving core continues its growth. Noah Brown OR Parris Campbell starts at X, Corey Smith OR Johnnie Dixon, and Terry McLaurin OR James Clark at Z. Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor are the third-string options. 12 different players caught passes on Saturday, including everyone listed here except for Corey Smith. Parris Campbell was the standout among the receivers with four catches for 36 yards. McLaurin was the only receiver to catch a touchdown.
The H-back spot remains with Curtis Samuel OR Dontre Wilson. Samuel continues to be one of the more electrifying players in the country, rushing for 68 yards on nine carries and hauling in seven receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. Wilson got involved early with a touchdown reception and had four catches for 53 yards.
The tight end spot is firmly locked down by Marcus Baugh with A.J. Alexander listed as the backup. Baugh hauled in his only catch of the afternoon for 16 yards for a touchdown and also played a key role in some blocking schemes to free up the running backs.
The offensive line starters are listed as Jamarco Jones, Michael Jordan, Pat Elflein, Billy Price, and Isaiah Prince (from left to right). The offensive line had no issue with Rutgers’ pass rush as Barrett had plenty of time to throw and the running backs had wide open lanes to run through.
On the defensive side of the ball, Sam Hubbard OR Jayln Holmes and Tyquan Lewis remain listed as the defensive end starters. The backups at defensive end are Nick Bosa OR Jonathon Cooper. In the middle, Michael Hill anchors the defensive line alongside Dre’Mont Jones who replaced Tracy Sprinkle and Davon Hamilton is listed as the co-starter with Jones.
The linebacking core continued to be a strong unit against Oklahoma. Raekwon McMillan is still slotted in at middle linebacker. Surrounding him are outside linebackers Chris Worley and Dante Booker OR Jerome Baker. Booker suffered a slight MCL sprain early on against Bowling Green and a combination of Joe Burger and Jerome Baker have stepped in very well in his place. Rashod Berry, Joe Burger, and Craig Fada are your backups. Baker has been the one to fill in for Booker as of late, and has played well.
At cornerback, Gareon Conley is the starter on one end and Marshon Lattimore OR Denzel Ward on the other for the second corner spot. For safeties, Damon Webb slides over this season with Malik Hooker getting the other safety spot. Erick Smith is listed as the backup to Hooker, while Jordan Fuller is the backup to Webb. This was the first week the defensive backs didn’t get an interception, surprisingly, but still made it a nightmare for Rutgers’ passing attack.
For special teams, sophomore walk-on Tyler Durbin continues to be the starter at kicker for both kickoffs and field goals as Sean Nuernberger recovers from a groin injury that forced him to miss most of camp. Durbin hit seven of his eight extra points against Rutgers, his first extra point miss of the season, but did knock in a field goal from 33 yards out.
Senior Cameron Johnston remains as the punter, and that’s no surprise considering he’s been a mainstay since his freshman season and has done a tremendous job. He wasn’t needed against Rutgers as the Buckeyes did not punt a single time.
At punt return, Dontre Wilson OR Corey Smith OR Curtis Samuel are all in play. Handling kickoff returns will be Dontre Wilson OR James Clark OR Johnnie Dixon. The long-snapping duties are given to Liam McCollough, and holding for kicks is Cameron Johnston.