Personally I believe the rivalry will still be there among the top rivalries in college sports. What I think will change about the rivalry is the implications put on the rivalry. For several years in both football and basketball the sunflower showdown has had national exposure and has been very important in Big 12 rankings and National rankings. For example this years basketball Big 12 championship game was between the two rivals. Kansas State was looking to end KU's streak of dominance and quite possibly earn themselves a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Lets take a look at some of the memorable sunflower showdown games. Here are some of the most important Sunflower Showdown's of the past decade:
2010 Big 12 Championship: Kansas 72 vs. KSU 64
January 30,2008: Kansas State 84 vs. Kansas 75
January 30, 2010: Kansas 81 vs. Kansas State 79 (OT)
1995: #14 Kansas State 41 vs. #6 Kansas 7
2004: Kansas 31 vs. Kansas State 28
1987: Tie 17 to 17
These scores show how great the sunflower showdown is. This will not change even if KU moves to Pac-10 and leaves Kansas State behind.