A lot of interesting matchups in this one and how they play out will tell us a lot about each of these leagues. Are Big 12 offenses the reason for Kansas' low ranking defense or are they just a sub par unit. The opposite question applies to Minnesota who while running a spread has been less than impressive with the 91st ranked offense in the country. Is that due to their own shortcomings or is the Big 10 a much stronger defensive league.
Small battles that will also be interesting to see play out include the Jayhawks lack of a pass rush vs. the Gophers apparent mild struggle to pass protect. The other that strikes me is how the Gophers lower scoring offense does against a Kansas team that allows a lot of points.
It's always hard to do a conference to conference comparison but if the common belief that the Big 10 is inferior at the moment to the Big 12 holds true I think Kansas' apparent on paper advantage should carry over to the game. Again we'll see on Wednesday but I do like this matchup.