Spurrier, now in his second season at South Carolina, has never lost a game in 13 tries against Kentucky. In addition, Spurrier is perfect against four other teams in the Southeastern Conference, including Arkansas, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and is 1-0 against his former employer, Florida.
"We're aware of that," Woodyard said. "But that's in the past. We're looking forward to this year. We're trying to do new things here." Woodyard added that beating a team such as South Carolina would be a big boost for the program and give coach Rich Brooks his first signature win in the SEC.
"Anytime you can get a win against a team like South Carolina, with a great coach like Steve Spurrier, this would be a good win for us," he said.
Kentucky receiver Keenan Burton agreed with Woodyard.
"Winning this game would give us a stronger start, which is really important going into the next few weeks," he said. "It's time to buckle down and really prepare."
Besides eyeing a first-ever win over the "Ole Ball Coach," Kentucky will attempt to keep its unblemished record at home intact. A win over the Gamethingys would give UK a 4-0 record at home for the first time since 1987 when the Cats won their first five home games.
Already, Kentucky is 3-0 at home for just the eighth time in school history and the first time in Brooks' tenure as head coach. "It's a big game, just like every home game," Kentucky defensive back Marcus McClinton said. "We want to protect Commonwealth (Stadium)."
McClinton knows that beating South Carolina would "definitely make the future look brighter," but said it's important to take care of matters while playing at home.
"Whether it's high school or college, you just want to protect where you play," McClinton said. "A lot of us believe we can protect Commonwealth. We're more comfortable at home." Brooks said the team has set the bar higher this season, especially when it comes to protecting the home turf.
"I think this team is set on achieving some things that haven't been done here in a while," the UK coach said.
Despite the successful record at home, McClinton has heard criticism of UK's defense, which gave up 558 yards in a 45-36 win over Central Michigan. McClinton said the team is capable of doing better on the defensive side of the ball. "We just need to stop talking about it and come out on Saturday and show (people) what we can do," he said. "We need something to redeem ourselves. This would be a great time to come out and redeem ourselves."
As for Spurrier, many of Kentucky's players don't remember the blowout losses Kentucky experienced while he was coach at Florida, including a 73-7 rout in 1994 and a 65-0 blasting two years later in 1996.
Woodyard said Spurrier's ability to succeed goes beyond the field. "He just knows how to relate to his offensive players and they respect him," he said. "They want to go out and make plays. We've got to come out and shut them down at the beginning of the game.
"He's pulled off some great victories in the past, but this is the future, not the past."