According to a report from ESPN, either Cardale Jones or JT Barrett will start Saturday for Ohio State against Rutgers.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer just has to make that decision.
“I’ve not had a chance to sit down with the quarterbacks formally and review everything, and that will happen today, I imagine,” Meyer during Monday’s press conference, per ESPN. “I do media stuff every day, so tomorrow I’ll [address it]. I’m not keeping anything from anybody.”
Prior to the beginning of the season, the quarterback position was thought to be a strength for the No. 1-ranked Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 B1G). Jones, a one-time Heisman contender, hasn’t dazzled the competition, but he’s been somewhat reliable. Through seven games, “12-Gauge” has thrown for 1,242 yards and seven touchdowns. But he’s also thrown five interceptions.
On the other hand, Barrett, who was also a Heisman contender once upon a time, has put up a couple of solid relief efforts after taking a backseat to Jones, who burst onto the scene in 2014. This past Saturday, Barrett went 4-for-4 with two touchdowns. He also rushed 11 times for 102 yards and two scores during the 38-10 trouncing of Penn State.
“He certainly had his opportunity [to win the job] earlier in the year and did not do it during training camp,” Meyer said of Barrett, according to ESPN. “But anybody who watched the games the last two weeks when he gets in — I think we’re doing a good job calling things that he’s good at — but I see the same thing that you see.”
The Jones vs. Barrett debate has raged in Columbus since spring. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg recently offered his perspective during a radio interview.
Rittenberg: “For different reasons Cardale Jones started for Ohio State, but JT Barrett is going to be the quarterback to run this offense”
— ESPN 730 (@ESPN730) October 19, 2015
At the moment, Ohio State is tied with No. 7-ranked Michigan State (7-0, 3-0) for first place in the Big Ten East.