Maybe Kentucky won't win on Saturday.
Maybe Kentucky fans will start to feel a strange sort of déjà vu, this season suddenly feeling a lot like last season when the Cats lost six straight games to end it.
But win or lose on Saturday, Kentucky's coaches and players know this year's team is not going back there again.
"We ain't sliding this year," running backs coach Chad Scott said defiantly. "We ain't sliding. It's different."
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He sees it every day in film study. Last season when players would watch their mistakes from the game before, he'd see head shaking and phrases like: "I honestly didn't know that" or "I don't know why I did that."
Now players are seeing little changes they could make that could win or lose the game. Players are taking ownership of their mistakes and trying to fix them.
The dialogue remains positive.
"It's like if we do this a little more, if we concentrate a little more, if we just give a little more effort in practice, we can make that play in the game," Scott said.
"So when they watch film, they're like, 'Man, if I would've gave just a little bit (more) effort or taken one more step.'"
This is a much more mature locker room than a season ago. The players might still be young, especially on the offensive side of the ball, but there has been a different mentality, John Schlarman said.
"I feel like there is a big difference," the offensive line coach said. "A lot of those guys who were here last year are back, and they're more mature and they want to do better."
Whether or not Kentucky fans start to feel déjà vu, but two team leaders wanted to make sure their teammates did not.
"A lot of people are trying to compare this year to last year, and we're not really doing that," quarterback Patrick Towles said. "I don't think our morale is down. I don't think our team's psyche is down. I think we're fine. I think we're going along a good path."
After the 52-21 drubbing at Commonwealth Stadium last week, Towles and senior linebacker Josh Forrest talked to Coach Mark Stoops and then called a players-only meeting for Tuesday.
There was lively discussion about doing more work, being more positive, giving more effort, making a bigger commitment.
"We really sat down for a good 45 minutes to an hour, talking about what we need to do for the last four weeks," running back Mikel Horton said. "What do we need to change for us? Not for the crowd, not for the fans, not for the coaches, but for us."
Forrest said he looked around the locker room on Saturday after the loss and saw heads hanging and doubts starting to creep in. It made him angry.
"Things have gone bad and look bad, but sometimes they're not as bad as they seem," Forrest said. "We've still got four weeks to get us to a bowl game."
Maybe Kentucky, a two-touchdown underdog, won't walk away from Athens victorious, but the players said they committed to each other not to give up, not with so much to play for still ahead.
The meeting "just let everyone know what kind of opportunity we have," Towles said. "We're 4-4 and we have four very winnable games left. If we're sitting here 8-4 at the end of the season, I'm going to be pretty excited about it and a lot of people will be, too."
Turbulence in Georgia
After starting the season with four straight victories and looking like a run-away winner in the SEC East race, Georgia has lost three of its last four games, including an embarrassing 27-3 thumping in its annual rivalry game against Florida last time out.
Since the injury to star running back Nick Chubb, the Bulldogs have stalled offensively, not scoring a touchdown in eight straight quarters and playing musical quarterbacks.
Multiple stories have surfaced about internal staff disputes and the job security of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, forcing head coach Mark Richt to take to Twitter on Thursday to say that Pruitt "is our defensive coordinator and is in the office working diligently getting ready for Kentucky!"
The UK coach said he hasn't paid much attention to the issues in Athens and he doesn't think his team has, either.
"I really doubt that our players know anything very much what's being talked about down there," Stoops said on Thursday night. "It really shouldn't be any concern of ours."
Something Stoops has been preaching to Kentucky's players is that the only way to get through a difficult stretch, like the Cats' current three-game losing streak, is to win.
He has no doubt the Georgia players and coaches are thinking the same things.
"The only way you can erase this feeling within your program is to get a victory," Stoops said. "I'm sure they feel the same way (at Georgia), just like we do, to go out and play a very good game this week."
The constant quarterback rotation recently and the offense's adjustments since Chubb was injured haven't made scouting the Bulldogs too much more complicated, Cats coaches said.
"They are who they are," Stoops said. "Again, they're physical whoever they have. They have extremely talented running backs and a good scheme. They're different than teams we've played the last couple weeks, but the same in that they have very big, talented guys."
Changes in latitude
For the second straight game, Kentucky's defensive coordinator will be in the coaches' box above the field instead of on it.
"You can see the field, see the game," D.J. Eliot explained, adding that he hasn't decided if it's a permanent move or just for the Georgia game. "On the sideline, that's usually the worst ticket you can have. Can't see much down there, but up in the booth you can see what's going on, see the adjustment sometimes a little bit better."
It sounds like there's also been some talk among the Cats' offensive coaches about also moving an assistant coach up to the box. This season, graduate assistants have been up there reporting what they see to Shannon Dawson on the sidelines below.
"I brought that up and talked with Shannon several times," Stoops said. "That's the way the staffs he's been with have always done it. I'm making sure that's what they want to do because I want to make sure we're getting a good vision of the entire picture.
"We're staying with it, the way we've been doing it, offensively. We made that change defensively and I think after one game, Coach Eliot liked it and hopefully it'll work out, and we're going to do it again that way this week."
Under former offensive coordinator Neal Brown, wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord was in the coaches' box. But Stoops said he hasn't mandated the offense make a change.
"Just making sure that we're rethinking that and putting people in position to be successful," Stoops said. "We've talked about it twice and we'll leave it the way it is right now."