When Bill Snyder started talking about his team's matchup in Miami on Saturday, the 71-year-old patriarch of Kansas State football offered up a slew of surprising observations.

When Bill Snyder started talking about his team's matchup in Miami on Saturday, the 71-year-old patriarch of Kansas State football offered up a slew of surprising observations.

Well, more sarcastic than surprising.

For example, Snyder doesn't know why the Wildcats ever agreed to play Miami. He said the game plan would revolve around trying to make his team twice as fast with hopes of being able to keep up with the Hurricanes. Oh, and he intends to send 13 defenders onto the field at all times in an effort to slow Miami running back Lamar Miller, who comes into the weekend averaging 151.5 rushing yards per game, third-best in the nation.

"He's in a class by himself," Snyder said.

A little hyperbole on one side, a little more on the other.

Miami coach Al Golden repeatedly pointed out this week that Kansas State possesses the nation's No. 1 defense in terms of both yards (164) and points (3.5) allowed per game, though conveniently forgot to mention that the Wildcats got those rankings after beating a pair of not-quite-BCS-caliber clubs in Eastern Kentucky and Kent State.

Remember, this is a Kansas State team that needed a touchdown with 1:39 remaining just to beat Eastern Kentucky 10-7 in the season-opener. However, Golden insists that when he sees tape of the Wildcats (2-0), he sees some big problems for the Hurricanes (1-1).

"Over the last 15 years, they're one of the best programs in the country," Golden said. "You're talking about one of the best coaches ever to walk the planet, to be honest. What he's done at Kansas State is remarkable. So I think not only that, but when you turn on the film and they're the No. 1 scoring defense, pass defense ... always been a physical, high-motor, fundamentally sound team. This version of Kansas State is no different."

It's the first meeting between the programs, though they share some history.

Kansas State's leading tackler is linebacker Arthur Brown, who appeared in 23 games with the Hurricanes before transferring back to his home state after the 2009 season. And his brother Bryce Brown, once considered the nation's No. 1 recruit as a running back, once committed to Miami, then decided to sign with Tennessee before eventually transferring to Kansas State.

Bryce Brown's recruiting saga — and Miami's decision not to offer him a second letter of intent after he failed to sign the first — left his family and the school expressing frustration with both sides. And both brothers were linked to claims made by former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro last month, in which he said he provided 72 Hurricanes players and recruits with benefits not allowed by NCAA rules over an eight-year span.

Those claims helped spark an ongoing joint NCAA-university investigation into Miami's athletic department and compliance policies.

"Certainly it has a little special meaning to him because he's got a lot of friends down there, a lot of young people that he spent time with, got to know well," Snyder said of Arthur Brown making the trip back to Miami. "I think he's excited about it."

In turn, the Hurricanes say they're looking forward to seeing the Brown brothers again. Arthur Brown has 19 tackles in Kansas State's two games so far, while Bryce Brown had three carries for 16 yards against Eastern Kentucky. He did not play against Kent State last week while dealing with a minor injury, but may be featured more in the Wildcats' game plan Saturday.

"Nothing but love for Arthur Brown," Miami safety Vaughn Telemaque said. "Wish him the best. ... Along with Bryce, too. Those guys, we wish them the best. If Bryce is holding the ball, we're going to hit him in the mouth along with anyone else."

Jacory Harris will make his second straight start at quarterback for the Hurricanes, undeterred by his two interceptions against Ohio State last week. He said this weekend is a chance to keep building momentum.

"As long as I stay within this offense, everything should work," Harris said.

Like Golden, Harris thinks Kansas State's defense will make that task more difficult than it sounds.

Snyder said this week that his preference would have been for Kansas State not to play this game, which was scheduled when Ron Prince was the coach. The Wildcats typically prefer to play nonconference games at home — they're 42-3 in those games since 1996.

But since 2007, they're just 1-5 when going on the road for nonconference games, the lone win coming last November when they rallied to beat North Texas 49-41.

"This is a major step," Snyder said. "It will be very definitive about where we are."