10/30/14 - Joe Mixon, Fr/2018, Oklahoma, 6-2, 211 (DS#999 RB) Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon has accepted one year of probation after being charged with punching a young woman at a restaurant in July. Mixon's attorney, Kevin Finlay, said Thursday that Mixon entered an Alford plea in which he acknowledged there was likely enough evidence to convict him of misdemeanor assault while still asserting his innocence. Mixon was to go to trial on Jan. 12, but Finlay said Mixon "does not want to be a further distraction to his family, friends, teammates, and the University of Oklahoma." According to court documents, Mixon has agreed to 100 hours of community service, cognitive behavior counseling and payment of court costs.
Mixon, a freshman, was one of the nation's top recruits and was expected to contend for a starting job. He is serving a one-year suspension and has not been allowed to participate in team activities since the incident in Norman, Oklahoma. According to a probable cause affidavit released by the Cleveland County District Attorney's office, the alleged victim told police Mixon directed a homosexual slur at her friend and there was an argument. The affidavit said that according to surveillance video, the woman then pushed Mixon and Mixon lunged at her. The woman then slapped Mixon in the face, and he reacted by punching her in the face. She fell onto a table, then to the ground, and Mixon then left the scene. The woman suffered a fractured jaw, broken cheek bone, fractured sinus and 'fractured orbit' near her left eye. - AP Sports
10/29/14 - Dres Anderson, Sr/2015, Utah, 6-2, 190 (DS#7 WR) Utah announced Wednesday morning that senior wide receiver Dres Anderson will miss the remainder of the 2014 season due to a knee injury. Anderson is currently ranked as the No. 14 wide receiver prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com and No. 90 prospect overall. He was considered a second day draft pick, but the severity of his injury could push him out of the top-100 picks. It is unclear if the injury occurred in Saturday's win over USC or during practice, but Anderson has been ruled out for the rest of the season and his readiness to work out for scouts prior to the 2015 NFL Draft is in question.
Anderson, the son of 10-year NFL veteran receiver Willie “Flipper” Anderson, led the Utes this season with 355 receiving yards and four touchdowns, averaging 16.1 yards per catch. He will finish his college career with 2,077 career receiving yards, which ranks fifth-best in school history. As a NFL prospect, Anderson is highly thought of due to his speed to release off the line of scrimmage and stretch the field. He has long, fast strides to eat grass in a hurry and accelerate past defenders, showing sticky hands and excellent tracking ability. Anderson is lean-muscled and doesn't have ideal NFL bulk, but he uses his frame well to pluck and is much tougher than he looks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/29/14 - Todd Gurley, Jr/2016, Georgia, 6-1, 232 (DS#1 RB) The NCAA has suspended Georgia running back and Heisman candidate Todd Gurley for four games for "accepting more than $3,000 in cash from multiple individuals for autographed memorabilia and other items," it announced Wednesday. Georgia is appealing the suspension, the NCAA said, verifying that an oversight committee "will review the appeal this week." Gurley has already missed two Bulldog games, wins over Missouri and Arkansas. If upheld, the suspension would see him also miss Georgia's matchups with Florida and Kentucky, and be reinstated for the Bulldogs' home date with Auburn on Nov. 15. Per the NCAA statement, Gurley must also "repay a portion of the money received to a charity of his choice and complete 40 hours of community service as additional conditions for his reinstatement."
Gurley emerged as a Heisman front-runner after rushing for 773 yards and 8 touchdowns in Georgia's first five games, but was suspended indefinitely Oct. 9 over an undisclosed violation of NCAA rules. Gurley continued to practice with the team, however, and on Oct. 22 Georgia announced it was applying to have Gurley reinstated. The NCAA's statement indicated it asked for additional information from Georgia the following Friday, Oct. 24, which it received last weekend before informing the university of its ruling Tuesday afternoon. "I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made, and I can't thank the University, my coaches, and teammates enough for supporting me throughout this process," Gurley said in a statement issued the day of Georgia's application for his reinstatement. "I'm looking forward to getting back on the field with my teammates.” - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
10/29/14 - Ammon Olsen, Jr/2016, Southern Utah, 6-3, 193 (DS#36 QB) OCT 27 BIG SKY CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Southern Utah quarterback Ammon Olsen, a 6-3, 190-pound junior from Draper, Utah, completed 23-of-25 passes for 320 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in Southern Utah’s 35-17 win over North Dakota. Olsen also scored on a 4-yard TD run. He finished the game with a pass efficiency rating of 320, just shy of the league record of 322.3. Olsen threw TD passes of 4, 2, 37 and 87 yards. This is Olsen’s first career Player of the Week honor. - Big Sky Conference football
10/29/14 - Chris Brown, Jr/2016, Cal Poly, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 QB) OCT 27 BIG SKY CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cal Poly quarterback Chris Brown, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior from Compton, Calif., rushed for a career-high 226 yards and two touchdowns, and threw for 107 yards and a touchdown in Cal Poly’s 41-21 upset of No. 7 Montana. Brown set a Cal Poly single-game rushing record by a quarterback. He averaged 10.8 yards per carry, scoring on runs of 17 and 15 yards. He also tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass. This is Brown’s first career Player of the Week honor. - Big Sky Conference football
10/29/14 - Mitch Beckstead, rSr/2015, Idaho State, 6-0, 235 (DS#999 ILB) OCT 27 BIG SKY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Idaho State linebacker Mitch Beckstead, a 6-foot, 235-pound senior from Dayton, Idaho, tallied 11 tackles - two for loss -with one sack, a forced fumble and an interception as Idaho State snapped a 48-game road losing streak with a 46-12 win over Northern Colorado. Beckstead tallied seven solo tackles. His forced fumble was recovered by a teammate and returned 53 yards to the Northern Colorado 1-yard line, setting up the Bengals’ final touchdown. ISU held Northern Colorado to 55 yards of offense in the first half. The 12 points were the fewest allowed by the Bengals to a Division I opponent since 2002. This is Beckstead’s first career Player of the Week honor. - Big Sky Conference football
10/29/14 - Ryan Hawkins, Jr/2016, Northern Arizona, 5-11, 185 (DS#999 K) OCT 27 BIG SKY SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Arizona kicker/punter Ryan Hawkins, a 5-11, 185-pound junior from Peoria, Ariz., connected on three field goals and averaged 55.5 yards per punt in Northern Arizona’s 28-27 upset of No. 2 Eastern Washington. Hawkins made field goals of 44, 26 and 42 yards. The 42-yarder pulled the Lumberjacks within 24-22 in the fourth quarter. Hawkins took over punting duties for the first time, and blasted a 70-yarder on his first attempt. He also had punts of 40, 67 and 45 yards. Six of his seven kickoffs went for touchbacks. This is Hawkins first career Player of the Week honor. - Big Sky Conference football
10/29/14 - Kenny Cook, rSr/2015, Gardner-Webb, 6-3, 210 (DS#66 WR) OCT 20 BIG SOUTH OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gardner-Webb wide receiver Kenny Cook caught 12 passes for a Big South single-game record 251 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s double-overtime win at VMI. Cook’s 23-yard gain on the first play of overtime set up a go-ahead score. In the second overtime, he caught the game-winner on a 25-yard pass, going up for the catch in the end zone on first down. Cook also had a key 14-yard catch on Gardner-Webb’s game-tying drive at the end of regulation. His 80-yard catch-and-run to paydirt early in the third quarter pushed Gardner-Webb to a comfortable 28-13 lead, and was the longest pass play of his career with the Runnin’ Bulldogs. He also had a diving 49-yard catch late in the first quarter. Cook nearly matched his yardage total (260) from the previous four games played and posted the top yardage performance in FCS this season in the process. His yardage total was the second-best in Division I overall (FBS/FCS), falling just shy of Washington State’s Vince Mayle (263 yards vs. Cal on Oct. 11). - Big South football
10/29/14 - Jeffrey Pegues, Fr/2018, Gardner-Webb, 6-0, 195 (DS#999 OLB) OCT 20 BIG SOUTH FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Gardner-Webb's Jeffrey Pegues registered a career-high 20 tackles (8 solo, 12 assisted) for Gardner-Webb, becoming the first Big South player with 20 stops in a game since 2011. Four of his hits came on special teams coverage (three kickoffs, one punt) and one came on a 3rd-and-long situation late in the first half that forced a punt. Pegues’ tackling total is the second-best mark for a freshman in Big South Conference history. - Big South football
10/29/14 - Zackary Johnson, rSr/2015, Eastern Washington, 6-2, 250 (DS#999 DE) OCT 20 BIG SKY SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eastern Washington’s Zackary Johnson, a 6-4, 250-pound senior from Stanwood, Wash., blocked a punt in the third quarter of Eastern Washington’s 26-18 victory over Northern Colorado. The block was recovered by Samson Ebukam at the Northern Colorado 25-yard line. Six plays later, Eastern Washington scored a touchdown to take a 20-3 lead. It marked the third straight game EWU has blocked a punt. The Eagles are now tied for the FCS lead in blocked punts. Johnson also had four tackles and a sack from his defensive end position. This is his first career Player of the Week honor. - Big Sky Conference football
10/29/14 - Mario Jenkins, rFr/2018, Idaho State, 6-1, 225 (DS#999 OLB) OCT 20 BIG SKY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Idaho State linebacker Mario Jenkins, a 6-1, 225-pound freshman from Nampa, Idaho, registered 14 tackles - four for loss - with two interceptions, 1.5 sacks, and one QB hurry in Idaho State’s 56-28 win over Southern Utah. Ten of Jenkins’ 14 tackles resulted in gains of fewer than four yards. His first interception set up an Idaho State touchdown. Jenkins, a candidate for the Jerry Rice Award, ranks sixth in the league with an average of 10.1 tackles per game. Jenkins is the first Idaho State defensive player to win Player of the Week honors since 2009. - Big Sky Conference football
10/29/14 - Justin Arias, rSr/2015, Idaho State, 6-0, 213 (DS#78 QB) OCT 20 BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Arias, a 6-foot, 213-pound senior from Agoura Hills, Calif., completed 30-of-50 passes for a career-high 465 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bengals’ 56-28 victory over Southern Utah. Arias threw scoring strikes of 7, 17, 29 and 43 yards as the Bengals earned their second conference win and fourth overall victory. It marked the first time since 2007 that ISU has won more than one conference game in a season, and the first time since 2005 the Bengals have won four games in a season. Arias leads the nation in touchdown passes with 25. He’s thrown for at least 400 yards in four consecutive games, and thrown for at least 300 in six straight games. This is Arias’ second Player of the Week honor this season. - Big Sky Conference football
10/29/14 - Todd Gurley, Jr/2016, Georgia, 6-1, 232 (DS#1 RB) The NCAA has ruled that Georgia star running back Todd Gurley must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. The school had applied for Gurley's reinstatement after he missed the last two games while the school investigated allegations of improper benefits. But the NCAA said Wednesday that Gurley must serve a four-game suspension, or 30 percent of the season, for accepting cash from multiple individuals. He also must repay a portion of the money to a charity of his choice and complete 40 hours of community service in order to be reinstated for the Nov. 15 home game against No. 4 Auburn. Georgia says it will appeal the ruling. - AP Sports
10/29/14 - Karlos Williams, Sr/2015, Florida State, 6-1, 225 (DS#3 RB) Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters Tuesday that senior running back Karlos Williams will play against Louisville Thursday night. Fisher would make no other comment regarding Williams, referring to the school's statement Monday that his status was "under review." In that statement, Florida State announced it would wait for "more information" on the incident that led Tallahassee police to announce Monday it was investigating an alleged domestic battery that involved Williams. An attorney for the alleged victim in the incident told the Tallahassee Democrat Tuesday that she had not filed a complaint with police and had not asked for such an investigation, and was requesting that Tallahassee police drop the case.
That attorney, Nathan Prince, said he believed the investigation was opened after authorities were alerted to Internet rumors regarding a possible domestic violence incident. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Williams' girlfriend posted photographs to social media indicating she had been a victim of domestic violence, but did not specifically name Williams. Florida State plays at Louisville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Seminoles are 3.5-point favorites. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
10/29/14 - Josh Robinson, rJr/2016, Mississippi State, 5-09, 215 (DS#16 RB) Mississippi State's Josh Robinson is often the shortest guy on the field, a low-to-the-ground, maroon-and-white blur that's all muscle and churning legs. Quarterback Dak Prescott might get the majority of the press for No. 1 Mississippi State, but the 5-foot-9, 215-pound Robinson completes one of the most productive backfields in the country. It's a big reason the Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) continue to bulldoze their way through the league schedule. They host Arkansas (4-4, 0-4) on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium. Robinson is leading the SEC with 887 rushing yards, 7.3 yards per carry and 10 touchdowns, smashing through opposing defenses on a weekly basis. The barrel-chested junior is generously listed at 5-foot-9, yet boasted during the preseason he can bench press 385 pounds. The way he runs, it's easy to believe him.
"I mean, you can call me a human bowling ball if you want," Robinson said. "You guys gave me that name, so I try to live up to it and fit it the best way I can." Robinson had a career-high 198 yards rushing against Kentucky last weekend in a 45-31, constantly bouncing off would-be tacklers. Immediately after the game, he and his wide smile could be seen dancing behind Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen's interview on national television. While the Bulldogs are a decent passing team, it's the running game that has been easily the team's most devastating weapon. Mississippi State ranks second in the SEC with 273.1 rushing yards per game. Robinson (126.7 yards) and the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Prescott (94.9) account for more than 80 percent of that production. - AP Sports
10/29/14 - Matt Joeckel, rSr/2015, TCU, 6-4, 237 (DS#26 QB) Trevone Boykin is enjoying a sensational season. But he may need to remain as healthy as he is skilled in order to maintain TCU's chances of a Big 12 title and playoff berth. Gary Patterson said Tuesday that he believes backup quarterback Matt Joeckel will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury suffered in the fourth quarter of the Frogs' 82-27 demolition of Texas Tech on Saturday. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Joeckel will not travel with the team when it plays West Virginia this Saturday. The Dallas Morning News notes that Patterson had said on Saturday that Joeckel's injury was "probably not good."
The same might be true for the Frogs' chances against the Mountaineers if Boykin goes down also goes down. Joeckel's backup spot will likely go to redshirt freshman Zach Allen, a three-star recruit in the class of 2013 who has attemped two career passes. Patterson said Tuesday he would not burn the redshirt of the two true freshman quarterbacks on the Frogs' roster. The injury could spell the end of Joeckel's career. A senior who transferred to TCU after earning his degree at Texas A&M (and backing up Johnny Manziel), Jockel squared off against Boykin for the starting job throughout fall camp and appeared in five games for the Frogs, completing 12 of his 21 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
10/29/14 - Damien Fleming, Sr/2015, Florida A&M, 6-2, 185 (DS#55 QB) Florida A&M has confirmed the firing of football coach Earl Holmes and announced the promotion of Corey Fuller to interim head football coach. Holmes was named coach in January 2013 and went 3-9 in his first season. The Rattlers started 2014 0-5, but won their last two games. Athletic director Kellen Winslow said in a statement, "This change was necessary at this time to provide new leadership and direction for our students and to ensure that we can have a new coach in place in time to build a staff and begin recruiting." Fuller was a member of Florida State's 1993 national championship team and joined the Rattlers' coaching staff in 2013 as an assistant coach. Winslow said a search committee has been formed to help find a new coach. - AP Sports
10/29/14 - Cam Robinson, Fr/2018, Alabama, 6-5, 323 (DS#1 OT) Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson is expected to miss the LSU game with a high ankle sprain. Coach Nick Saban said Tuesday that Robinson likely will be out for at least two weeks. The third-ranked Crimson Tide is on a bye week before facing the 16th-ranked Tigers. Robinson was hurt against Tennessee. The freshman has started every game for the Tide. Saban says backup Grant Hill or starting right tackle Austin Shepherd could take his place. Guard Leon Brown, who has played tackle, is another option. Saban also says reserve running back Tyren Jones is "suspended for now," but could work his way back soon. Tailback T.J. Yeldon and tight end Brian Vogler are limited this week in practice. Saban says they should be back Monday. - AP Sports
10/29/14 - Munchie Legaux, rSr/2015, Cincinnati, 6-5, 200 (DS#999 QB) Quarterback Munchie Legaux will get to play in his hometown of New Orleans on Friday night, having come full-circle from a gruesome knee injury that jeopardized his career a year ago. He won't be the starter, but that won't matter to the Louisiana prep star. Gunner Kiel practiced on Tuesday and is expected to start for Cincinnati (4-3, 2-1 American Athletic) despite severely bruised ribs. Coach Tommy Tuberville said on Tuesday that Legaux also will get into a game against Tulane (2-5, 1-2) with many relatives cheering him on. It'll be another special moment for Legaux, who tore ligaments and cartilage in his left knee during the second game last season and was told he might never be able play again. He's spent the week trying to arrange tickets for many folks back home. "Probably half the city, I would think!" Legaux said on Tuesday. "I have a lot of relatives who have been calling and texting me, asking me if I can get tickets for the game."
Legaux had his best moments last Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium during a 34-17 win over South Florida. Kiel got hit in the ribs again - he's been limited since taking a rough hit in the chest during the third game of the season - and couldn't return. Legaux took over and completed 14 of 15 passes - the only incompletion was on a ball batted down at the line - for 121 yards and no interceptions. He also ran 9 yards for a touchdown, slid to his knee in the back of the end zone and put his head on the ground. - AP Sports
10/29/14 - Ereck Flowers, Jr/2016, Miami, 6-5, 322 (DS#3 OT) Miami is planning to be without starting left tackle Ereck Flowers for at least this Saturday's game against North Carolina. Hurricanes coach Al Golden says he expects to know Wednesday when Flowers can return, if at all this season. Golden says Flowers had a recurring injury flare up again in recent days. Miami has also lost offensive linemen K.C. McDermott and Taylor Gadbois to injury in recent weeks. Jon Feliciano will likely start at left tackle this week, with Trevor Darling moving into Feliciano's spot on the right side. - AP Sports
10/29/14 - Benardrick McKinney, rJr/2016, Mississippi State, 6-4, 249 (DS#1 ILB) 3 SEC West teams, FSU in CFP's top four...Three teams from the Southeastern Conference's West Division made the top four in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, which were released Tuesday. No. 1 Mississippi State (7-0), No. 3 Auburn (6-1) and No. 4 Mississippi (7-1) are joined by an Atlantic Coast Conference team, No. 2 Florida State (7-0). The top four teams as selected by a committee on Dec. 7 will compete in college football's first-ever playoffs. The semifinals will be played Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl, with No. 1 facing No. 4, No. 2 playing No. 3. The winners will compete for the championship Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. As the rankings currently stand, the semifinals would feature an all-Mississippi matchup.
Rounding out the top 10 in the CFP rankings are No. 5 Oregon (7-1), No. 6 Alabama (7-1), No. 7 TCU (6-1), No. 8 Michigan State (7-1), No. 9 Kansas State (6-1) and No. 10 Notre Dame (6-1). The Crimson Tide are ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25, which has the Rebels at No. 7. The rest of the CFP's top 20: No. 11 Georgia (6-1), No. 12 Arizona (6-1), No. 13 Baylor (6-1), No. 14 Arizona State (6-1), No. 15 Nebraska (7-1), No. 16 Ohio State (6-1), No. 17 Utah (6-1), No. 18 Oklahoma (5-2), No. 19 LSU (7-2) and No. 20 West Virginia (6-2). No. 21 Clemson (6-2), No. 22 UCLA (6-2), No. 23 East Carolina (6-1), No. 24 Duke (6-1) and No. 25 Louisville (6-2) complete the CFP list. Marshall (8-0) is unranked despite being one of just three unbeaten teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Thundering Herd are No. 23 in the AP poll. - The Sports Xchange
10/28/14 - Karlos Williams, Sr/2015, Florida State, 6-1, 225 (DS#3 RB) The attorney for the victim in an alleged domestic battery case involving Florida State running back Karlos Williams told the Tallahassee Democrat on Tuesday that he has asked the Tallahassee Police Department to drop the investigation. From the Democrat: Tallahassee attorney Nathan Prince said he has informally told TPD to stop the investigation and today will formally submit a request terminate it. His client, he said, will not talk to investigators, has not filed a complaint and did not notify TPD or FSU about any alleged domestic battery incident.
Tallahassee police announced via Facebook on Monday that they had opened an investigation into an alleged domestic battery incidnet involving Williams on Saturday night but offered no further details. Florida State issued a statement Monday saying Williams' "status" with the Seminoles was "under review" until it received further information. The player was a full participant in practice that afternoon. No. 2 Florida State plays at Louisville Thursday night. Prince said he believed the investigation was opened after authorities were alerted to Internet rumors regarding a possible domestic violence incident. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
10/28/14 - Kenny Hill, So/2017, Texas A&M, 6-1, 215 (DS#7 QB) Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill may be headed for the bench. Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital says Hill and freshman Kyle Allen have been taking snaps with the first team this week and a starter for Saturday's game against Louisiana-Monroe will be decided later this week. Hill won the job over Allen in fall camp and got off to a great start, throwing for a school-record 511 yards in his debut and leading the Aggies to a 5-0 start. He even earned the Kenny Trill nickname after two years of Johnny Football for Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. Texas A&M has since dropped three straight, including a 59-0 loss to Alabama - the team's first shutout since 2003. Allen has thrown for 264 yards and three touchdowns in four games. - AP Sports
10/28/14 - Derrick Willies, rFr/2018, Iowa, 6-3, 210 (DS#55 WR) Iowa freshman wide receiver Derrick Willies is leaving the program and sophomore running back LeShun Daniels Jr. is out for the rest of the season because of an undisclosed injury. Coach Kirk Ferentz says Willies is expected to transfer to be closer to his father, who is having health issues. Willies caught four passes for 71 yards this season. The player from Rock Island, Illinois, was considered one of the program's most promising young talents. Daniels rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries this season playing behind Mark Weisman and Jordan Canzeri. The Hawkeyes (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) host Northwestern (3-4, 2-2) on Saturday. - AP Sports
10/28/14 - Rod Smith, rSr/2015, Ohio State, 6-3, 231 (DS#54 RB) Ohio State RB Smith off the team...Ohio State backup running back Rod Smith was dismissed from the team late Monday for what the school called a violation of team rules, but various media outlets reported Tuesday that he failed a drug test. Smith, a senior, rushed for 101 yards and four touchdowns and added a touchdown catch as mostly a short-yardage back this season. He also contributed on special teams. Smith, who was a highly sought recruit out of Fort Wayne, Ind., has largely fallen short of expectations during his college career. Earlier this year, coach Urban Meyer said he didn't expect to have Smith on the team this season because of previous issues that included academics.
"My turnaround, basically I made up my mind that enough was enough," Smith told ESPN.com recently. "This is my last year to go out and help this team and try to get film and try to get myself ready for the next level. "We all just sat down, and after the incidents happened, I just made sure I was going to work my butt off to contribute to this team and not let the running backs down. They never turned their back on me. When I was doing all that stuff, they never shied away from me." Sophomore Ezekiel Elliott and freshman Curtis Samuel are the Buckeyes' top two running backs on the depth chart. Ohio State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) plays Illinois (4-4, 1-3) at 8 p.m. ET Saturday in Ohio Stadium. - The Sports Xchange