1. Attendance numbers and distribution - with the early announcement of a sell out back in August, and then the opening of standing room only tickets, despite having construction eclipsing the 51,000 mark no problem. On top of that, just how many brave Jayhawk fans plan on going to watch their 1-3 team take on the #7 team in the land? Look for a ton of purple and a number above 51k.
2. Head games - who's up for the mental challenge? I suspect Bill's boys will be ready to go and locked in, but should the offense stall out on its first series, or the defense let up and let one drive go long early, the mental aspect could change the early tone. It likely wont' be enough to matter in the end, but seeing a super focused KSU team continue to limit mistakes and live up to their MO, gives confidence in the group as a whole for moving forward. If they can treat this cupcake with due respect, likewise they should be able to focus on the Cyclones the following week when stakes are raised.
3. Their start - if KU's going to sniff a chance, it will be to make a statement early. One almost has to think as much as Charlie talked in the off-season about the importance of the KSU game, that maybe he's been holding back for four games as to not show anything expecting that it would have been good enough against the previous competition. Newsflash, it wasn't. But I still think Charlie's going to pull out all stops, and if a gimic or two works early that's what it will likely take.
4. Future's game - On paper this game should allow for 22 game-time minutes for the 2s and 3s, but do they get that much? And do we see the return of Boston Stiverson, off of his pre-season foot injury?