Wide receiver Garrett Wilson out for Ohio State football's game at Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. — For the first time in his three seasons at Ohio State, wide receiver Garrett Wilson is unavailable.
Wilson, who had appeared in 30 consecutive games for the Buckeyes, including throughout a COVID-19-ravaged season last fall, will miss Saturday’s contest at Nebraska.
He is one of 13 players who are listed as unavailable on the pregame status report. No reason for his absence has been given as the program is typically mum on injury situations.
Wilson has formed a prolific pass-catching duo with Chris Olave, giving quarterback C.J. Stroud, a redshirt freshman and first-time starter behind center, a pair of skilled veteran playmakers to rely on this season.
Through eight games, Wilson has been the Buckeyes’ leading receiver with a team-high 43 passes for 687 yards and six touchdowns.
He was coming out of last week’s win over Penn State with seven catches, his second-most in a game in 2021.
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Emeka Egbuka or Marvin Harrison Jr., both true freshmen, could make their first career start in place of Wilson. Sophomore Julian Fleming is also available.
Though the Cornhuskers hold a 3-6 record and are headed toward a fifth consecutive losing season, their defense has made modest improvements this fall, allowing only 20.3 points per game to rank 26th in the FBS.
Ohio State’s offense will have running back Master Teague available after he was out in the previous two games with an undisclosed injury.
Coach Ryan Day said earlier this week that Teague was “day-to-day,” but hadn’t forecast a return against the Cornhuskers.
Teague, who was left off the unavailable list, has been a backup behind TreVeyon Henderson, splitting carries alongside Miyan Williams.
Without him, they had been down to three scholarship running backs.
The College Football Playoff top 25
Ohio State is in a good spot in the first rankings, which will be updated every Tuesday until the selection show on Dec. 5, the day after the Big Ten Championship Game.
Here is the top 25 College Football Playoff rankings this week.
- Georgia 8-0
- Alabama 7-1
- Michigan State 8-0
- Oregon 7-1
- Ohio State 7-1
- Cincinnati 8-0
- Michigan 7-1
- Oklahoma 9-0
- Wake Forest 8-0
- Notre Dame 7-1
- Oklahoma State 7-1
- Baylor 7-1
- Auburn 6-2
- Texas A&M 6-2
- BYU 7-2
- Ole Miss 6-2
- Mississippi State 5-3
- Kentucky 6-2
- NC State 6-2
- Minnesota 6-2
- Wisconsin 5-3
- Iowa 6-2
- Fresno State 7-2
- San Diego State 7-1
- Pittsburgh 6-2
2021 Ohio State Buckeye football schedule
- Sept. 2: Ohio State 45, Minnesota 31
- Sept. 11: Oregon 35, Ohio State 28
- Sept. 18: Ohio State 41, Tulsa 20
- Sept. 25: Ohio State 59, Akron 7
- Oct. 2: Ohio State 52, Rutgers 13
- Oct. 9: Ohio State 66, Maryland 17
- Oct. 23: Ohio State 54, Indiana 7
- Oct. 30: Ohio State 33, Penn State 24
- Nov. 6: at Nebraska, noon
- Nov. 13: Purdue, TBA
- Nov. 20: Michigan State, TBA
- Nov. 27: at Michigan, 12 p.m., FOX