*Disclaimer: This doesn't count as an in-conference game.*
This Week 3 matchup is the last one in the non-conference slate of games for a good reason: it's been scheduled as a home-and-home since 2016, long before Arizona's move was announced. Arizona will play at Kansas State in 2024 before hosting in 2025, also in the non-conference slate. As such, this game won't be counted toward conference standings.
Kansas State is one of the better teams in the Big 12, having gone 9-4 in 2023 and only suffering three losses in conference play: on the road against eventual Big 12 runner-up Oklahoma State and College Football Playoff-bound Texas in overtime, and in the final week of the regular season against Iowa State. With former four-star quarterback Avery Johnson coming on strong later last season, he will be leading the way in his first year as the full-time starter, and Arizona could capitalize on drawing this matchup early in the season.