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Big Ten roundup: Minor hobbled, Prater picks USC

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

A few Big Ten nuggets on the last afternoon before the season kicks off:

  • Michigan starting running back Brandon Minor remains hobbled by an ankle injury and could sit out Saturday's opener against Western Michigan. Minor was limited in Wednesday's practice. "We're concerned whether he can go Saturday," Rodriguez said. "We're hoping he can. I guess the next two days will determine that." Fellow senior Carlos Brown would start if Minor can't go. My take: Minor plays Saturday, without a doubt.

  • Rodriguez won't publicly name his starting quarterback before the game, though freshman Tate Forcier reportedly took snaps with the first-team offense Wednesday.

  • Illinois couldn't keep Kyle Prater at home, as the standout wide receiver committed to USC on Wednesday. Despite losing Jeff Cumberland and possibly Arrelious Benn after the season, the Illini look pretty solid at wide receiver for the future, though the talented Prater would have been an excellent addition.

  • Former Iowa head coach Hayden Fry will serve as an honorary captain for the Hawkeyes' season opener Saturday against Northern Iowa. Fry will accompany Iowa's captains to midfield for the pregame coin flip and be with the team in the locker room and on the sideline.

  • Former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr isn't commenting on the mess in Ann Arbor, while Michigan has reportedly hired Gene Marsh, the former chairman of the NCAA's Infractions Committee, to assist in the investigation of NCAA rule violations by the football program.