Urban Meyer: J.T. Barrett to start vs. Illinois

The Ohio State Buckeyes were able to upend the Minnesota Golden Gophers over the weekend, despite being without quarterback J.T. Barrett, who was suspended for the game following an OVI arrest two weeks ago.

In Barrett’s absence, Cardale Jones managed to throw for just 187 yards and a touchdown.

Prior to his suspension, Barrett was slated to be the Buckeyes starter and he could be close to returning to the starting lineup for this weekend’s game against the Illinois Fighting Illini.

According to head coach Urban Meyer, Barrett will have the opportunity to win back the starting job with a solid week of practice.

Urban Meyer: If JT Barrett has a good week of practice he'll get the start this week.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 9, 2015

The Buckeyes are hoping to remain in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings and having Barrett return under center could give the offense the boost they need to finish out the season strong.

Ohio State and Illinois are scheduled for a 12 p.m. ET kickoff on Saturday.

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