A victory would end Georgia's conference slate with a 5-3 record in the SEC, good for sole possession of second place in the Eastern Division. While that's a far cry from where Georgia had hoped it would be, it's still a motivating factor the team has rallied around.
"That's the best we can do now, and we definitely want finish up that way," quarterback Joe Cox said. "It's not what we wanted, but I would still be proud of finishing up this year strong and being right behind Florida in the East."
Richt said he has talked about accomplishing that goal already this week, and tight end Aron White said a win would assure something more than just Georgia's place in the standings. Second place may be well short of Georgia's original goal, White said, but it would help to restore some of the credibility that has been lost this year.
"Across the country, you want to stack up, but most importantly you have to think about your conference," White said. "I feel like we get overlooked a lot of times in the East because a lot of people make a big deal about Tennessee and Florida being the big guys in the SEC East, but we definitely feel like we're a force to be reckoned with, too."
Safety Bacarri Rambo won't play this week after suffering a concussion on a game-saving tackle against Auburn. Richt said Saturday that, while Quintin Banks would likely see an increase in his snaps against Kentucky, the majority of Rambo's work would go to Georgia's two incumbent starters – Reshad Jones and Bryan Evans.
"I would think they'll get more (reps) and I'm not saying there's going to be a third guy plugged in to rotate," Richt said. "Quintin Banks would be the first guy to do that. Mikiri Pugh is also coming on at safety. It could be either one of those guys, but will it be the same reps that Rambo was getting? Probably not."