In the media scrum that follows University of Kentucky football games, Patrick Towles kept fielding the same question.
Six games into the 2014 UK football season, Patrick, how does it feel to be one win from bowl eligibility?
Time and again, the Wildcats sophomore quarterback gave a variation of the same answer.
"It's good," Towles would say. "But we're not satisfied with five (wins). We're not going to be satisfied with six or seven, either. We want to win out. We think we can do it."
For a program that won four games combined in 2012 and '13, that's chesty talk. Yet, halfway through its season, Kentucky has put itself in position to at least dream of doing something special.
One week after a furious rally beat Steve Spurrier and South Carolina in Commonwealth Stadium, the Cats sleepwalked through the first quarter of their noon kickoff Saturday with Louisiana-Monroe. By the time the second quarter began, the visitors from the Sun Belt Conference led 14-3.
A feeling of 'Same Old Kentucky' was threatening to engulf the crowd of 56,676. Which is when The Very New Kentucky unleashed a withering 45-0 run on the poor Warhawks.
Getting two interception returns for touchdowns, two electric TD catches from senior wide receiver Javess Blue and a dynamic return to action from suspension by freshman running back Stanley "Boom" Williams, Kentucky drubbed ULM 48-14.
Six games into 2014, the Wildcats (5-1, 2-1 SEC) have already won more games than I projected (4-8). So you can color me surprised.
If we'd told Mark Stoops on the day Kentucky began preseason practice that his team would go from 2-10 in 2013 to 5-1 so far in 2014, would the UK head coach have been surprised, too?
Stoops took a moment to form an answer.
"No, I wouldn't have been surprised," the UK head man said. "We knew we had an opportunity. I really did, I felt like we had a good team. I didn't know for sure. We have to go prove it and see what we could do. I felt like we had some pieces in place."
Kentucky is achingly close to being 6-0. That triple-over time loss at Florida could so easily have gone into the Cats' victory column, too.
Now, if you're paying attention, you're starting to hear some of the national college football commentariat mention UK as a possible dark horse contender to win the SEC Least, uh, East.
For a school that hasn't had a winning record in league games since 1977 and snapped a 17-game SEC losing streak three contests back, that is heady talk.
We're going to find out real quick if it is reality-based talk.
Kentucky's schedule is back-loaded. After five home games in the first six, UK plays four of its final six on the road. More than that, there are no more directional schools or FCS members left for Kentucky.
"Our schedule gets tougher from here on out. You all know that," Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown said.
You might say the challenge ahead of Kentucky is of historic proportions.
The Cats travel to LSU next week. Kentucky has been outscored 118-7 over its last three trips to Tiger Stadium.
Next comes Mississippi State. MSU's head coach, Dan Mullen, is 5-0 against UK.
Then there is a visit to Missouri. The Tigers have outscored Kentucky 81-27 since joining the SEC in 2012.
Following that is a visit from Georgia, a program that is 12-2 against UK in the 21st Century.
Kentucky's SEC finale involves a trip to Tennessee, which is 28-1 against the Wildcats in the last 29 meetings.
Once its conference work is done, Kentucky has a week off, then must travel west on I-64 to face archrival Louisville. The Cardinals have beaten Kentucky three times in a row, and their new/old head coach, a chap named Bobby Petrino, is 5-1 all-time against the Cats.
If the odds were to be made now, it's unlikely Kentucky will be favored again this season.
Yet if Kentucky could somehow split its next two games against the SEC West, beating either LSU in Baton Rouge or Mississippi State at home, then talk about contending for the SEC East title turns legit.
In Stoops' postgame news conference, someone pointed out to the coach that Kentucky would be tied for first in the loss column of the SEC East going into the games of next week.
"I love it. I love it," Stoops said. "Let's go."