After KU's dismal beginning to its season and KSU's humbling defeat at the hands of Nebraska last week, expectations have been tempered for 2010's Sunflower Showdown.
While the matchup may not have an impact on the national level, this game remains significant in the race for first place in the Big 12 North and postseason bowl positioning.
More than that, though, this game takes on extra meaning because of the disgust these teams and universities share for one another.
After years of one-sided affairs in both football (KSU) and basketball (KU), the schools have become competitive in both sports. In turn, this rivalry carries more intensity than perhaps at any other point in its storied history.
Thursday night marks the 108th meeting between KU and K-State, with the former holding the long-term edge in the series with 65 victories.
Here are five bold predictions for tonight's Sunflower Showdown in Lawrence, KS.