Kentucky's only SEC victory this season came against Ole Miss, a 30-13 win. Otherwise, the Wildcats (4-6, 1-5 SEC) have lost their league games by an average margin of 31.8 points -- 48-10 to Florida, 35-7 to LSU, 54-3 to South Carolina, 28-16 to Mississippi State and 38-8 to Vanderbilt.
Such scores notwithstanding, Kentucky now is the only obstacle to Georgia achieving, for the first time since 2005, the goal with which it opens every season -- a berth in the SEC championship game.
Even as the Bulldogs celebrated Saturday's 45-7 victory over Auburn, which last month defeated South Carolina, unfinished business loomed.
"I never want to squelch a celebration," UGA coach Mark Richt said Sunday. "We work too hard and we put them through so much from January to the season, so if there is ever a time worthy of celebrating, I like them to celebrate.
"But when they're done dancing around and having a ball or whatever they're doing with the fans or in the locker room, when everybody settles down, then you've got to remind them of where we are, where we want to go and what we have to do to get there. I think we did a pretty good job of that in the locker room after the game."
Kentucky rarely wins in Sanford Stadium, where the Wildcats are 4-24-2 all-time and have won only once since 1977. That win came on the Wildcats' most recent visit in 2009, when Georgia self-destructed and committed four second-half turnovers to squander a 20-6 halftime lead and lose 34-27.
"I'm sure I'll bring it up to the boys," Richt said. "That would be very valuable for our guys to remember. ... It makes a point about how important that turnover battle is."
Richt noted that Georgia hasn't lost the turnover battle in any game on its eight-game winning streak.
Kentucky will bring to Athens an offense that ranks No. 118 out of 120 FBS (formerly Division I-A) teams. Georgia, on the other hand, ranks No. 4 nationally in total defense, behind only Alabama, LSU and Michigan State.
Hard hit by injuries early in the season, especially at the inside-linebacker positions, Georgia is generally healthy at this point. The only known injury in the Auburn game was nose guard Kwame Geathers' sprained ankle; he left in the second quarter and did not return.
Richt was unsure Sunday of Geathers' status for the Kentucky game.
Georgia, which fell out of the polls after losing its season opener to Boise State, continued its recent climb in the rankings Sunday, inching up to No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the USA Today coaches' poll.