However, there aren't many KU fans that care about Coach K vs. Coach Self this weekend. Instead, they are worried about Coach Mangino vs. Coach Cutcliffe - or more importantly KU vs. Duke football.
Three years ago this game could have been shown on the Cartoon Network. Two football schools starved of recent success, bumbling around on the field as if they were recovering from an anvil landing on their heads. From 1996-2002 KU went 27-51 with no bowl appearances. From 2005 (Mangino's fourth year) on, KU has gone 35-17 and won three bowl games, matching the school's total since it began play in 1890.
Duke took strides of its own last year in David Cutcliffe's first season, going 4-8 and winning a game in the ACC. Those strides were huge considering Duke went 4-32 the previous four seasons. Since 1994 the program has had three 0-11 seasons and one 0-12 season. In other words, the basketball team may been able to beat them.
Now, just five days from the schools' first meeting, the Duke-KU game could actually draw some attention. Not many are picking the Blue Devils to walk into Memorial Stadium and leave with a victory. However, Duke is in a BCS league, and eyes will be on Todd Reesing and Company to see how they play in a non-conference game against a "Big Six' school.
The 'Hawks are defeating opponents by more than 36 points per game this season, and Duke equaled its win total from 2005 and 2006 Saturday by defeating Army.