What Kirby Smart said about Kentucky on Monday

If Georgia still has playoff aspirations following a 40-17 loss at Auburn, it’ll need just as an emphatic rebound on Saturday.

The Bulldogs host 7-3 Kentucky, which is statistically the second-best team in the SEC East.

The Wildcats, traditionally more focused on basketball this time of year, have turned in one of their better campaigns. Georgia coach Kirby Smart warns that despite it being senior day and the Bulldogs’ final game at Sanford Stadium, Kentucky will have plenty of motivation.

“Playing a really good Kentucky team,” he said. “Mark Stoops is a good coach. He’s done a tremendous job up there. The energy and enthusiasm in that game last year when we played up there was incredible. For me, it’s not really how I remembered it from before as a player. Their offensive staff does a great job. Senior quarterback is playing really well. Running back is one of the best in the SEC. They’re a good offensive line group with some really big receivers. Similar style to us: Big guys, 3-4 defense. They do a really good job as well. … I know they want nothing more than to come in here and try to prove they’re the best team in the East.”