LSU is the newly-minted No. 1 team in the country in the Associated Press poll. The Tigers are sitting between national TV showdown games last week against West Virginia (a 47-21 win) and next week against Florida, which was announced Monday as the CBS national TV game.

Does that make this week's home game against struggling Kentucky a potential letdown game for LSU (4-0)?

Head coach Les Miles promised Monday that it would not be the case during his weekly news conference.

"I promise you we will be focused on Kentucky," he declared.

Kentucky (2-2) has not impressed early, losing two straight, including a 48-10 loss to the Tigers' next opponent, Florida, at home last Saturday.

But Miles said of Kentucky, "they are an SEC team with SEC players."

Understandably, most of the questions Miles fielded were about what was going right with his team and no so much about the Wildcats.

On being No. 1, Miles said it was "We hold a spot it college football today. It is not a final achievement."

Miles promised that being No. 1 will not be a burden for his team.

"I enjoy the position," he said, but added "I know we haven't arrived. We are imperfect in many ways."

On being 2-0 on the road, and 3-0 away from home, all against ranked opponents, Miles brought out shades of 2007.

"We're a damn good football team," he said. "That's what makes us a good road team."

On defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, the Walter Camp national defensive player of the week after he forced two turnovers in the win over West Virginia, Miles said "He is a guy who has a knack for making big plays, who sees the big play."

Mathieu had a forced fumble and a recovery and an interception against WVU, part of a brash performance by the LSU secondary. The Tigers gave up yards, but created four turnovers.

"Our pass coverage was tested," Miles said, "but I didn't see any back-up or withdrawal from the secondary."

He said he liked that his defense played with a "confidence, an enjoyment of being tested."

On quarterback Jarret Lee, who has six touchdowns and one interception in LSU's first four games, Miles said "he continues to get better, he continues to take coaching, he understands it is still a work in progress. He continues to improve."

Miles said he expected several players injured at West Virginia would likely return this week.

Offensive guard T-Bob Hebert was described as "day-to-day," by Miles, who said defensive back Craig Loston, offensive tackle Alex Hurst and defensive tackle Michael Brockers would all return this week, although he said Brockers would miss Monday's practice.

On how his team has dealt with the off-field issues related to the bar fight that led to the suspension of quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns, Miles said the issues were "uncharacteristic" of his team. "We're all embarrassed. Our guys fully understand."

Miles also addressed Texas A&M's addition to the SEC, saying it demonstrated the league's "want to expand and continue to be the best conference in the country.

Of true freshman defensive lineman Jemario Rasco, who saw his first playing time against West Virginia, Miles said he "has a real ability to learn. He's physically advanced and very capable. We wanted to watch him play and grow this year."

He said freshman offensive tackle La'El Collins, who has played sparingly so far, is a candidate to play more as the season progresses.

Another freshman, punter Brad Wing, was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after he pinned West Virginia inside the 20 on all six of his punts.