Oklahoma's speed at receiver should take advantage of Kansas State's questionable secondary. Kansas State's strength and consistency up front in the running game should control the clock, control possession and hang plenty of points on the board.
It could be a long night for both of these defenses, but there's a whole lot of respect at stake in this one. Few, if any, Big 12 teams have faced a true test so far. Oklahoma looked sluggish in its biggest test of the season, a road game at UTEP.
Want pollsters and pundits to take you seriously? Take care of business in conference. Oklahoma's hanging around inside the top 10, but skepticism about these Sooners abounds. A good chunk of it would subside with a win against the Wildcats, especially a convincing win.
Kansas State looked good against Miami, but Miami wouldn't look very good against most teams in the Big 12.
The questionable early season scheduling should make for an unpredictable Big 12 season. The other result: A whole lot to gain for both teams in games like this. Five Big 12 teams are ranked from No. 6 to No. 17, and tonight is the first step on a road that will sort out who's who in this league.