All week in practice, Vanderbilt's coaches have been dialing up the pressure on their quarterbacks trying to prepare them for Kentucky.
"They do a great job of applying pressure, whether it's run or pass," Commodores Coach Derek Mason said. "They're going to challenge us."
Maybe Mason sees something in the UK defense that others have not. Or maybe he sees a group ready to have a breakout game.
Kentucky's coaches are certainly hopeful that will be the case.
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But so far this season the UK defense has fallen way short of creating a pressure cooker environment for opposing quarterbacks.
Against Georgia, which doesn't throw the ball a lot and has allowed the fewest number of sacks in the league, Kentucky had zero sacks for the first time all season. The Cats defense managed just two tackles for loss in that rout.
It's been a similar story all season for UK, which hasn't had more than two sacks in any game and managed only one sack in each of the three games leading up to the loss at Georgia.
Only once this season has UK had more than five tackles for loss in a game with eight against Tennessee.
"We haven't been great the past couple weeks of getting people off balance," Mark Stoops said of UK, which is second worst in the Southeastern Conference in sacks this season, gaining just 1.4 a game.
Opponents have "been able to get efficient yards on first and second down, and we haven't had them in predictable situations," the head coach said.
Despite the stats not reflecting it, coaches said on Wednesday UK is getting more consistent in its pass rush and that it showed at times against the Bulldogs.
"Some of our blitzes hit home and forced some quick throws," defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said. "We had a lot of that early in the season, where we were getting to the quarterback and not getting him to the ground but were forcing quick throws and making plays off of that."
Moving C.J. Johnson into more of a full-time pass rush role helped some, Eliot said. "That's one of his best attributes. I think we'll continue to see him do that throughout the season and some other guys step up as well."
Kentucky has reassessed schematically, looking at when it's applying pressure and if it has the right guys in places to actually harass the quarterback.
As Vanderbilt's coach alluded to, UK is trying to get a pass rush going from nearly every spot on the defense, which can be difficult for inexperienced offenses to manage.
"We've seen some pressure from some inside linebackers that we haven't necessarily seen in the past, with Josh (Forrest) and Ryan (Flannigan) and some of those other guys," Eliot said.
Ten games into last season, with players like Bud Dupree leading the way, UK had 53 tackles for losses and 23 sacks, compared to 37 and 13 so far this season.
Kentucky has struggled with personnel issues defensively this season, with Jason Hatcher — who was expected to be the up-and-coming Dupree — playing a limited role because of an early season suspension and a high ankle sprain that has severely limited his ability to practice at full speed the past few weeks.
Stoops sounded optimistic that UK will get Hatcher back at full speed this week for Vanderbilt.
Having the junior back definitely alters what the Cats can do.
"It changes our third down plan," outside linebackers coach Andy Buh said. "That's kind of where it changes a little bit when we have Jason available. It's not like we don't have capable guys. They're just a little younger and a little bit more inexperienced."
Kentucky has been working hard to bring younger guys up to speed in the past couple of weeks, Stoops said, pointing to players like true freshman Josh Allen, who is getting more efficient.
"We're really liking how he's developing," Buh said. "He's going to be a good one. ... With the pass rush, it's all about the take off, getting them taking off on the ball and not thinking and putting him in situations where he can win. You'll see some good things out of him and some growth."
The Cats are hoping some of those opportunities will come on Saturday against a Vanderbilt offense that has allowed 20 sacks this season after only giving up 21 all of last season. The Commodores already have given up 56 tackles for loss this year after yielding 51 total last season.
"It needs to get better," Buh said of the UK pass rush. "We need to constantly figure out a way to get to the quarterback, just getting the right personnel in there and getting some healthy bodies."