"I feel that we can really do it and go unbeaten. We lost a couple of games last year that were close and we could have had 10 wins easily," said Matthews. "But things happened. Now we have to learn from our mistakes and get after it. The little mistakes last year we can't make any more."
But if a SEC goes unbeaten, doesn't that mean that team would win the national championship?
"I know. It's almost impossible to win national championship if you are not undefeated and that is what we are trying to get to," Matthews said. "It is still in our head that we need to make some changes out here. Kentucky is past due for a championship and we are fighting for it."
Matthews is from California and went to junior college for two years before transferring to Kentucky last year when the Cats finished 7-6. However, redshirt freshman Qua Huzzie of LaGrange, Ga., is talking the same way about beating Florida, Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina and more this season.
"We can be a lot better this year. We can beat them all. We can win very game," Huzzie, who could start at middle linebacker, said.
Say hello to Oliver's world of positive thinking.
"He has been so good in the weight room," Huzzie said. "He pushes you for that extra step. When you think you can't go any more, he pushes it and tell you to just push it. "The main thing with him is that you can always go more than you think you could. I love that. It is back like at home when they push you. It's the same here now where they push you, push you and that gets you better."
Matthews said "Rock was preaching that to us from day one" about going unbeaten.
"As soon as he got in there, we were looking at this dude like, ‘Who is this guy?' We are trying to figure out where (former strength) coach (Marc) Hill is at and stuff and next thing we know he comes popping off at the mouth," Matthews said. "We were like, ‘Oh, Lord.' But he means well.
"He is a real hard-ass in the weight room, but once you sit down and talk to the man he is real down to earth. He really cares about us. It's crazy how he bonds with us so much after only a couple of months here. He will be on us and also the first to congratulate us."
However, Oliver's no-nonsense attitude and maniacal workouts can be overwhelming at times.
"People are so intimidated by this man. Today nobody wanted to even look over at him. He was sitting in the corner and nobody wanted to turn around and see what he was doing. He is real intense coach but that is exactly what we needed out here," Matthews said.
Does Oliver intimidate him?
"He sure did, but I am not going to let him get the best of me. He has told me he is going to push me, but I am ready for it. I am not going to back down from any challenge," Matthews said. "And if we don't back down and do what he tells us, we have to be better and that's why we could go unbeaten."