Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Ronald Martin (26) stands in the end zone after the second touchdown by Mississippi State, run by the Bulldogs' Josh Robinson (13), during the first half Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Baton Rouge.

New Mexico State quarterback Tyler Rogers vs. LSU safety Ronald Martin

Sugarcoat it, deny it or simply ignore it: There’s no hiding the fact that the LSU secondary — specifically Martin — struggled mightily against Mississippi State on Saturday. Martin was burned on a busted coverage when the Bulldogs’ Jameon Lewis was left wide open and a scrambling Dak Prescott fired to the senior receiver for a 74-yard touchdown. Martin also misread Prescott’s QB option, leaving an open hole for him to sprint 56 yards for the score. Martin will be looking to recover against Rogers, a sophomore.

New Mexico State linebacker Rodney Butler vs. the LSU backfield

Among the plethora of poor showings against State in Death Valley was the LSU rushing attack. Senior Kenny Hilliard and freshman Leonard Fournette combined for 68 yards on 16 attempts. This week they’ll be squaring off against Butler, a sophomore who leads the Aggies in tackles (47).

New Mexico State secondary vs. LSU quarterbacks

Whether it’s sophomore Anthony Jennings or freshman Brandon Harris who lines up under center, LSU’s quarterback will have to overcome an impressive NMSU secondary. The Aggies pass defense ranks first in the Sun Belt, allowing 123.3 yards per game while collecting four interceptions.

Say what?

“It’s really not sugarcoated here. We recognize change has to take place. To say that it is just the coaches is not the way it is, and … I am protective of that building. It’s important to me that so many people would be willing to throw out the baby with the bath water.”

— LSU coach Les Miles

By the numbers

0 -- Losses LSU has against the Sun Belt. The Tigers are 35-0 against opponents from that conference, and Les Miles is 9-0.

1 -- Losses Miles has in the week after a defeat since he joined the Tigers in 2005. LSU’s only back-to-back losses were in 2008 against Ole Miss and Arkansas.

9 -- Sacks allowed by LSU, tied with Tennessee for most in the SEC.