Last week, Rutgers made an incredible comeback, the biggest comeback since, well, last year. But they can't celebrate their 55-52 win over Indiana for too long, as the defending champion, undefeated, No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes are coming to town this week. The game will get the primetime treatment, airing nationally on ABC at 8:00 pm. The Scarlet Knights have released updated an updated injury report and depth chart ahead of Saturday's huge game, so let's take a look.
The biggest name on this week's injury report is WR Leonte Carroo, who seemed to injure his ankle while catching his third touchdown of the day against Indiana. He did not return to the game, and was spotted on the sideline wearing a boot. He is listed as questionable. He's been Rutgers' best offensive player this year, and obviously not having him against Ohio State would be a huge blow.
A surprising addition comes in the form of WR Janarion Grant, who is questionable with a lower body injury. Against Indiana, he caught four passes for 37 yards, and was held in check on returns, managing just two yards on two punt returns, and 18 yards on one kick return. He didn't appear injured during the game, so his status will be worth keeping an eye on throughout the week.
Defensively, the Scarlet Knights are banged up. CB Blessuan Austin, SS Davon Jacobs and MLB Kaiwan Lewis are all questionable with upper body injuries. Austin left the Indiana game after appearing to take a hit to the head in the second quarter. Jacobs left the game in the first quarter. Lewis' inclusion on the injury report is surprising, as he didn't appear to suffer an injury against Indiana.
Nine players have been ruled out, but there are no surprises in the bunch, as the same nine players were ruled out ahead of the Indiana and Michigan State games. The list includes WR John Tsimis (lower body), RB Desmon Peoples (upper body), DT Darius Hamilton (lower body, out for season), TE George Behr (lower body), WR Dontae Owens (lower body), LB Nick Rafferty (upper body), LB Austin Rosa (lower body) and LB T.J. Taylor (lower body).
In more positive news, WLB Steve Longa (lower body) is probable for the Ohio State game. He seemed to be playing through an injury against Indiana, but obviously it was nothing serious.
QB: Chris Laviano/Hayden Rettig
RB: Paul James OR Josh Hicks OR Justin Goodwin OR Robert Martin
FB: Sam Bergen/Anthony Folkerts
TE: Nick Arcidiacono/Matt Flanagan OR Charles Scarff
WR: Leonte Carroo/Carlton Agudosi
WR: Andre Patton/Janarion Grant
LT: Keith Lumpkin/Zack Heeman
LG: Dorian Miller/Tariq Cole
C: Derrick Nelson/Chris Muller
RG: Chris Muller/Marcus Applefield
RT: J.J. Denman/Ryan Brodie
* No changes. If Carroo and/or Grant can't play, Agudosi and Vance Matthews should see more snaps.
* Still no set starter at RB, as it appears they are truly going with a hot-hand approach. Against Indiana, it was Robert Martin leading the backfield with 17 carries for 124 yards and three scores.
DE: Quanzell Lambert/Kemoko Turay
NT: Sebastian Joseph/Kevin Wilkins
DT: Julian Pinnix-Odrick/Eric Wiafe
DE: Djwany Mera/Jimmy Hogan
WLB: Steve Longa/Deonte Roberts
MLB: Kaiwan Lewis/Isaiah Johnson
SLB: Quentin Gause/Eric Margolis OR Kevin Marquez
CB: Isaiah Wharton/Brian Verbitski OR Jarius Adams
FS: Anthony Cioffi/Saquan Hampton
SS: Kiy Hester OR Davon Jacobs/Andre Hunt
CB: Blessuan Austin/Ronnie James
* No changes defensively, either. Johnson would get the start if Lewis can't play. The two battled for the MLB job throughout training camp.
* Adams got the first crack at filling in for Austin against Indiana. Even though James is listed as Austin's backup, I imagine Adams would get the start if Austin can't go.
* Hester will get all the snaps he can handle if Jacobs doesn't play against Ohio State.
K: Kyle Federico/Chris Gough
P: Joey Roth/Michael Cintron
LS: Alan Lucy/Alex Hutchings
H: Joey Roth/Brian Verbitski
KR/PR: Janarion Grant/Josh Hicks
Do you think Carroo will give it a go Saturday? If so, does Rutgers have a chance at the monster upset? Sound off in the comments!