Ohio State football: Defensive line close to full strength for Michigan State matchup

Ohio State will go into its biggest game of the year today relatively healthy.

The sports information department announced Friday morning all regular starters are available for the fourth-ranked Buckeyes’ visit from Michigan State on Saturday night.

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That means Branden Bowen is back at right tackle after missing last week’s win at Nebraska.

Reserve tight end Rashod Berry, reserve defensive end Tyler Friday and reserve slot receiver C.J. Saunders are listed as game-time decisions with injuries that were not identified.

Saunders, a fifth-year senior who was named a captain in August, has not played yet this season but could join a deep rotation at receiver that includes K.J. Hill and Jaelin Gill in the slot.

Berry is part of a four-man group who have carved out roles at tight end, joining starter Luke Farrell, Jeremy Ruckert and Jake Hausmann.

Friday is among six players coach Larry Johnson has used regularly at end this season. He started the Buckeyes’ win over Cincinnati in place of the injured Jonathon Cooper, who returned to the field last week.

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While Friday may be out, fellow sophomore Tyreke Smith will be back on the field for the Buckeyes after missing the last two games. He drew a start at Indiana in place of Cooper and is listed as Cooper’s backup on the depth chart this week. Linebacker Teradja Mitchell and defensive tackle Taron Vincent are unavailable this week, as are receivers Kamryn Babb and Ellijah Gardiner, safety Ronnie Hickman and walk-on defensive tackle Noah Donald.

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