Do Kentucky's players talk about the streak in hushed whispers like it's a part of a curse?
Do they discuss the fact that they haven't won a Southeastern Conference game in 17 straight tries openly in the locker room?
"Of course we do," UK center Jon Toth admitted. "We haven't won an SEC game in a while."
They'd like to reverse that trend as soon as possible, and they're hoping it starts Saturday against Vanderbilt at Commonwealth Stadium, the site of the Cats' last win over an SEC foe back when they upended another long, uncomfortable streak by topping Tennessee on Nov. 26, 2011.
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Players like Josh Clemons, Demarco Robinson, D.J. Warren, Darrian Miller, Maxwell Smith, Eric Dixon, Bud Dupree, Ashley Lowery and Glenn Faulkner were true freshmen on that roster.
It's been a long wait for them.
Kentucky's seniors are 0-3 against Vanderbilt in their careers, losing by a combined 100-14.
"An SEC win is important," quarterback Patrick Towles said. "We haven't had one in a while. But that's going to come. We're just going to try to do everything we can to win this football game on Saturday."
The goal hasn't been about ending an SEC streak as much as it has been about preparing the right way to get a win.
"As I said after the last game, I was proud of the effort," Coach Mark Stoops said. "I felt like if we keep on giving ourselves chances like that to win, then we'll get some wins."
It's that last loss to an SEC team, a three-overtime loss at Gainesville two weeks ago, that has the Cats hungry for a win.
"We just need a win," Towles said. "We've got that bad taste in our mouth from Gainesville and we're working every day so we do get that win."
Two wide receivers said the Florida game only added fuel to the fire for Kentucky and led to spirited practices last week even though the team had a bye.
"It's very big," Robinson said of the chance to end the streak. "We're working hard, very hard this week to make sure we're getting the little things, like details and discipline. That's what coaches are putting the most emphasis on. We're planning to do the little things right to get this win."
SEC Network postpones trip to Lexington
The SEC Network's traveling pre-game show has postponed its visit to Lexington next week for Kentucky's game against South Carolina and moved it to Oct. 25.
Next Saturday, the show will visit Mississippi State instead for the No. 14 Bulldogs against No. 6 Texas A&M.
On Oct. 25, the show at UK will be anchored in the Purple Lot near corners of College way and Alumni Drive.
League officials previously have said that the show coming to town doesn't guarantee a 7:30 p.m. start. The SEC still goes through its regular televised game selection process.
Ticket promotion sells out
UK's promotion for $20 general admission upper-level tickets sold out on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
Spokesman Tony Neely said that roughly 51,000 tickets are out (comps and sales) for the noon start against Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Construction has reduced Commonwealth Stadium's capacity to 62,093 for this season. The school has averaged 51,154 for the first two home games against Tennessee Martin and then Ohio.
Reserved lower/upper-level seating is available for $50, while group tickets are also available with groups of 10 or more getting a rate of $35 per ticket.
Kentucky offensive lineman Zach West, who has been battling neck pain and missed the past two games, was able to practice some on Tuesday, his coaches said.
"He's kind of coming back slowly," Neal Brown said. "I wouldn't say he's full-go just yet, but we had him in there kind of gradually. The biggest thing is, he's missed three weeks of conditioning. So he's got to get back in shape."
■ After being about 75 percent healthy on his injured ankle at Florida, senior wide receiver Javess Blue said he's at 95 percent now and improving daily.
"I feel way better," he said. "It was just I was trying to hurry up and get back, because you know it was a big game that was going on. I was trying to make some plays, but at the same time I knew that I was injured so I couldn't do as much as I wanted to."