Let's get one thing straight.
It's not that LSU football players are dolts who are unaware of the BCS and all the chatter that goes around it.
It's just that, as a team, the Tigers choose to ignore it. So said Barkevious Mingo, the LSU defensive end whose ability to put pressure on Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson will be a key piece, to borrow a favorite Les Miles phrase, for LSU in Friday's matchup between the top-ranked Tigers and No. 3 Arkansas.
"Right now, we are just focused on winning this game," Mingo said. "I don't really know too much ... well, not know too much, don't really care too much about the BCS at this moment. That's one of the things that comes later in the season."
After all, for LSU it's not in a situation where it needs to worry about all that just yet.
Sure a loss for LSU (11-0, 7-0) would create chaos and open a door that might allow the Razorbacks (10-1, 6-1) to replace the Tigers among the nation's top two teams. But that's a discussion that becomes relevant only if the Tigers lose.
For now, all that talk can just muddle what is an elegantly simple picture for LSU: Win and it remains the unquestioned No. 1 team in the nation.
So for Mingo, it's just about this: "Stay focused and play the next game in line."
In this case, it's about playing the best SEC passing attack the Tigers will face this year and the probably the best downfield passing offense the Tigers will face in any game.
Arkansas is 10th in the nation in passing and quarterback Tyler Wilson leads the SEC, by far, with 3,215 passing yards. And while the Tigers have faced high-powered passing attacks before from West Virginia and Oregon, Mingo said there is a difference.
"With Oregon and West Virginia, they got the ball out fast underneath and you just had to come down and tackle and if you missed, that was it," Mingo said. "But (Arkansas) can make plays down field and you just have to limit that."
Wilson has three of the SEC's top 10 receivers, including SEC receiving leader Jarius Wright, to pick from and the Hogs quarterback will regularly target five different receivers. Arkansas has the ability to use its depth of reliable targets as an antidote for teams that generate pressure with blitzes. Blitzes tend to leave somebody open and Arkansas has confidence in any of the receivers that might be left open.
That makes the ability to produce pressure with the front four without having to blitz a key component to LSU's effort to slow down the high-powered Razorbacks pass attack. Mingo, who is second on the team behind Sam Montgomery with five quarterback sacks and leads the team with 10.5 tackles for loss, will be a key figure in that regard.
A former high school track star at West Monroe who has had to put on weight to play as a defensive lineman, Mingo has put up big numbers despite not starting, often coming into the game when a speed-rushing end might prove most effective. That may often be a case Friday.
"It just comes down to the defense playing within itself and getting pressure and covering receivers," Mingo said.
That's his focus this week. He'll worry about the rest later.