Ohio State clawed its way to a home win over Northwestern to set up an important game with Nebraska coming to town. The game gives the Buckeyes a chance to reclaim some momentum offensively and as a team as they try to get back into the conversation of the College Football Playoff. Here’s a look at the depth chart for the game.
J.T. Barrett is the starting quarterback and will be for the entirety of the season, barring injury. Barrett failed to find the endzone against the Wildcats last Saturday, but did throw for 223 yards on 21-of-32 passing. He also rushed for 71 yards on 13 carries but again was kept out of the endzone. Joe Burrow remains the backup.
At running back, Mike Weber remains the starter with OR in between he and Samuel. Weber rushed for 87 yards and two early touchdowns on only 14 carries with an average of 6.2 yards per carry. Samuel added seven carries on the ground and amassed 31 yards and a touchdown. Look for both to be used more often against the Cornhuskers.
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. Nine different players caught passes on Saturday, with Brown having the biggest day among the receiving core. He had five catches for 51 yards for another solid outing.
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 31 yards and a touchdown on seven carries while also hauling in seven receptions for 68 yards. Wilson had a quiet game with just one reception for four yards and three carries for -2 yards.
The tight end spot is firmly locked down by Marcus Baugh with A.J. Alexander listed as the backup. After coming off one of his best personal performances, Baugh was much quieter on Saturday, with just one catch for 14 yards.
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 continued their recent struggles, as Barrett was harassed for large portions of the game. They’ll need to get back on track for Ohio State to be successful the rest of the season.
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 continues to be a strong unit. 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. The secondary had one interception from Damon Arnette, the backup cornerback to Conley.
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 connected on all three of his extra points against Northwestern, and knocked in a 35-yard field goal.
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. Against Northwestern, Johnston didn’t have his best outing, with five punts averaging 36.6 yards with a long of 48.
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.