All the elements are there for a classic street brawl -- motorcycles, leather, biker chicks, tattoos and, oh yes, football.
Before the Sooners and Wildcats get it on, 100 motorcycles will roll into the stadium for something called "Harley Day". The biker parade has no particular purpose except to raise the noise level for a game where emotions already are off the meter.
"There seems to be a mystique right now with Harleys," said Lon Floyd, director of the Catbacker Clubs in the state of Kansas. "When you get them in an enclosed area, the sound seems to fascinate people.
"It is basically for one thing -- to pump the excitement. As if it needs to be this week." Only in Manhattan, Kan., where Kansas State fans have been waiting a couple of years for the return of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and the three former Wildcats assistants he supposedly "raided" from Bill Snyder's staff.
The animosity is mostly the stuff of chat rooms and talk shows but there is definitely an escalation in hostilities.
Oklahoma defensive coordinator and former Kansas State assistant Mike Stoops opened the curtain a bit on Kansas State's usually-secret program over the summer with this quote in Sports Illustrated.
"I don't know if anybody ever leaves coach Snyder on good terms. He simply doesn't accept that you would leave. But then again, there's no having a personal relationship with him even when you're there."
Bob Stoops spent seven years (1989-95) under Snyder, rising from secondary coach to assistant head coach/defensive coordinator. He departed in 1996 for Florida where he became Steve Spurrier's defensive coordinator until 1999 when he was hired at Oklahoma.
Upon getting the job, Stoops asked Snyder assistants Mike Stoops (his brother), Mark Mangino and Brent Venables to join him at Oklahoma. The three were cast as traitors by Kansas State fans who felt they'd been jilted. The perception was that Bob Stoops had stuck it to his old boss by ripping apart a successful staff.
"Coaches have a right to do what they will with their lives, with their families and build their careers the way they feel fit," Bob Stoops said. "These are all coaches who have spent a lot of time at that school. If it causes hard feelings and they don't want to spend the rest of their lives there, then that's the way it goes."
Both sides say there is no animosity heading into the game. Although Snyder admitted before the season that Oklahoma has replaced Nebraska the game most fans ask him about the most. It is known that both schools at least used to aggressively recruit against each other.
They clashed over linebacker Jeff Kelly, a LaGrange, Texas, native, who went to Garden City (Kan.) Community College and finally went to Kansas State and became an All-American.
"To me, no, there's no problem," Snyder said of Oklahoma. "There's been things at the time ... that appeared in the media. I can't tell you where those perceptions came from."
Oklahoma took the recruiting loss hard. It was just another blow to the program during the '90s when it went from dominant to doormat. Back in the 1980s, Oklahoma stars like Jamelle Holieway and Brian Bosworth taunted the Kansas State fans, leading cheers during another Sooners rout at KSU Stadium.
For the first time in years, the programs might be on even footing. Eighth-ranked Oklahoma (5-0) is fresh off a stunning 49-point victory over Texas. Second-ranked Kansas State (6-0) has won by an average of 41 points.
Oklahoma hasn't won at Manhattan since 1987. Part of the reason is that Oklahoma has played in Manhattan only three times since that year. In more desperate times Kansas State "sold" one of its home games with the Sooners to Oklahoma so it could get more gate receipts by playing in Norman.
Because of Big 12 scheduling, the teams haven't met since 1997.
Both coaches have restored pride to their programs. They just go about it different ways.
Snyder is admittedly a workaholic whose doctor warns him about eating only one meal a day. Snyder believes eating gets in the way of his work. Instead, he snacks for sustenance.
"Most people who have been around understand that my time is spent with football, and that's an 18-hour day," Snyder said before the season. "The rest of the time is spent with my family. ... The assistant coaches don't have the opportunity to do anything other than that as well."
If assistants have left Snyder to get away from the ungodly hours, they have learned well. Snyder's tree features successful head coaches Jim Leavitt at South Florida, Houston coach Dana Dimel and Stoops at Oklahoma.
Bob Stoops is more laid-back than Snyder. Talk to him and you actually hear a little bit of the clipped staccato of his old boss, Spurrier. In fact, Steve Spurrier Jr. is the receivers coach at Oklahoma.
"They pay you good money," Bob Stoops said. "My job is to get the very best coaches to coach with me. I hired coaches I knew and worked with. Steve Spurrier, I got his son. You get coaches from all over the country."
It just so happens that three of Stoops' coaches came from Manhattan. Let's get ready to rumble.