Coming off the signature win of the Mark Stoops era over South Carolina, Kentucky has moved on to preparations for a Saturday matchup with ULM.
The Wildcats might still be feeling a little physical malaise after pouring so much into the victory, but they're eager nonetheless.
"Pretty good work day today," Neal Brown said. "Guys are a little spent, a little spent. Had a good attitude, came ready to work, a little spent."
Brown doesn't expect the Cats to take long to shake that off.
This weekend, you see, is another measuring stick in a season full of them. ULM might not have the name recognition or its players the lofty recruiting rankings of a Florida or a South Carolina, but the Warhawks present a challenge the likes of which UK has not faced.
"I told our guys, it's an opportunity to see where we're at," Brown said. "I think we talked about it after the game on Saturday night, kind of see where we're at from a maturity standpoint. In this league, whether it's a conference game, nonconference game, you better be ready to strap it up every week."
ULM has already faced two major conference opponents in Wake Forest and LSU. The Warhawks fell 31-0 in Baton Rouge, but took down the Demon Deacons in their season opener by a final score of 17-10.
"I've been on the other end of this deal before, where (ULM) is, coming from the Sun Belt," Brown said. "Y'all know I was at Troy and our guys, especially the later in the season it goes, our guys always got up for these. We had some opportunities to win some and we won some. So I'll convey that to our offensive football team because they're going to come in here and they're hungry."
Not only are the Warhawks hungry, they are also aggressive on defense. ULM ranks eighth nationally in sacks per game (3.8), using an unconventional 3-3 stack defense to create pressure.
"Those guys are really well-coached," Brown said. "Todd Berry has done a really good job there. Not only there but some other places he's been also. Got a lot of respect for their defensive coordinator (Troy Reffett). He's tough. It's a little bit unorthodox. They're really sound in what they do, but you just don't see it a lot."
For that reason and many more, the Cats expect to be ready to play come noon ET on Saturday.
"Don't expect a letdown," Brown said. "I don't believe in it. You've got 365 days for 12 opportunities. You better not waste one. And I fully expect us not to waste one. We'll be ready to go."
The players are following their offensive coordinator's lead.
"We're focused on winning number five," quarterback Patrick Towles said. "We can't afford to look past anybody. We had a great win last week, but that's over with. It's past us. Nobody came into this season wanting to win four games. We want to win every game we play so we're getting ready to do that on Saturday."
Stoops announces indefinite suspension of Tubman
Lloyd Tubman, a member of the University of Kentucky football team, has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities following charges brought by University of Kentucky police Tuesday.
In addition to the charges, Tubman is subject to discipline under the University's Code of Student Conduct. Because of legal and student privacy regulations, University officials cannot provide comment to Tubman's specific participation in the student conduct process.
"Obviously, I'm very concerned about the allegations and all parties involved," Stoops said. "We're working extremely hard to develop quality young men on and off the field. We will continue to cooperate with the local and campus authorities while the process takes its course."
For more from Stoops on the suspension, watch the video below.