Ohio State took care of business on the road against Oklahoma with an impressive 45-24 beatdown of the Sooners. Following the road trip, the Buckeyes got to take a week off from games and head into Rutgers fresh and ready to play once more. Here’s the breakdown of the depth chart above.
J.T. Barrett is the starting quarterback and will be for the entirety of the season, barring injury. Barrett and the offense took control of the game early on two weeks ago against Oklahoma, and should have an easy time against a much weaker Rutgers team. Barrett went 14-of-20 passing for 152 yards and four touchdowns. Joe Burrow remains the backup.
At running back, the duo of Mike Weber and Curtis Samuel continued to wreak havoc on opposing defenses. Weber remains the starter with OR in between he and Samuel. Weber rushed for 123 yards on 18 carries but was held out of the endzone. Still, a strong showing on the road for the freshman as he continues to show off his nice combination of power and speed.
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. Brown had his breakout performance with four touchdowns and 72 yards on five catches against the Sooners while Campbell, McLaurin, and Clark all notched a reception as well. K.J. Hill was left off the depth chart after coach Meyer confirmed he would be out for three-to-four weeks.
The H-back spot remains with Curtis Samuel OR Dontre Wilson. Samuel had another explosive performance with 11 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. He also hauled in two receptions for 20 yards. Wilson was quieter against Oklahoma, but still notched two catches for 19 yards.
The tight end spot is firmly locked down by Marcus Baugh with A.J. Alexander listed as the backup. Baugh wasn’t able to get a reception against Oklahoma, but the Buckeyes secured a big win on the road and may look to use more of Baugh against the Scarlet Knights.
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 got back on track against the Sooners, protecting Barrett pretty well and opening plenty of holes for the running backs all night long.
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 was the one to fill in for Booker against Oklahoma and even came up with an interception against the Sooners that he returned all the way for a touchdown.
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. Lattimore continued his hot streak, adding another interception to his total for the season, while the rest of the defensive backs were superb against Baker Mayfield’s passing attack. Conley had a injury scare in the first half but was only kept out for precautionary reasons. Urban Meyer said Conley will play against Rutgers at full-go.
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 all of six of his extra points against Oklahoma and knocked in a field goal from 31 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. Against Oklahoma, Johnston launched a 68-yard punt that helped flip the field position game.
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.