Ohio State has released their official depth chart for Saturday afternoon’s game against Army and there are only two changes, but they do involve the starting defensive ends.
An AND/ has been added to the OR at defensive end, meaning that it now reads Tyquan Lewis and/or Nick Bosa, and Sam Hubbard and/or Jalyn Holmes.
Other than that, nothing has changed, which gives you an idea of just how well everybody is playing right now.
What this really means, however, is that we have reached the point in the season where the coaching staff has no time or desire to update a depth chart. Or, there is simply nothing to update.
For instance, Joe Burrow threw the ball during warmups last week, but he was not on the depth chart for the Oklahoma game. He practiced on Tuesday and should be a full week better than he was, but he’s not listed on this depth chart.
Demario McCall is still listed at running back, and I do plan on getting to interviews on time this week and asking Urban Meyer for an update on McCall. Given OSU’s struggles on offense, there would seem to be an opening for a playmaker somewhere.
I expect J.K. Dobbins to start once again this week, especially with Mike Weber only able to carry the ball three times last week. I would also expect Dobbins to get more than 13 carries, unless four of them go 80 yards. Dobbins is currently averaging 6.0 yards per carry and averaging 126.5 yards rushing per game.
Defensively, nose tackle Michael Hill is still presumably suspended, as he does not yet appear on the depth chart. That is another update that will be requested tonight as well.
I think if the depth chart was taken more seriously by the coaches, we’d see Malik Harrison have an OR will Dante Booker at linebacker. Harrison has continued to get into the rotation, yet with the struggles that both he and Booker displayed against Oklahoma, it is hard to believe this is anybody’s job outright.
There are no changes at cornerback, but it will be interesting to see if maybe freshman Jeff Okudah gets a few snaps early in this game.
Ohio State is dead last in the nation in passing yards allowed, so it’s not unreasonable to expect some changes in the secondary. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, all of the possibilities off of the bench are true freshmen or redshirt freshmen, which may make coaches a bit wary to try something new.
With Army on the docket right now, however, they can use this time to continue to get their starting six in the secondary righted and confident. They won’t be seeing too many passes, however, as Army has only completed two of their 10 pass attempts this season. They are last in the nation in every major passing category, including their 8.5 yards passing per game.