Embracing the grind: 10 things the Utes must do to be successful this time around in the Pac-12

Published: Friday, Sept. 27 2013 12:14 p.m. MDT

The 2013 Utah football team is off to a strong start.

The Utes took care of business during their non-conference schedule, finishing 3-0 against in-state opponents Utah State, Weber State and BYU. However, despite its non-conference successes, Utah’s overtime loss to Oregon State in its first conference game leaves lingering doubts about how well the Utes will fare as they turn their focus to the remaining Pac-12 schedule.

Today we break down 10 things that Utah football must do as it heads into the meat of the schedule.

Dan Sorensen is the editor in chief of UteZone.com, part of the Rivals.com network. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and Basketball Writers Association of America. Dan can be reached at dsorensen@utezone.com.

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Las Vegas, NV

Nice article. Dan, you are the man.

Go Utes!!!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Great info and breakdown by Dan. I love the Ute articles, keep'em coming DNews!

West Point , UT

Good luck in the PAC Utes. Going to be tough sledding from here on out. Btw Oregon State barely beat SDSU also, and the Aztecs gave up way less offense to Mannion and company. Utes have to tighten things up defensively, because they're headed straight into a firestorm of offensively potent opponents. While I'm a BYU fan I still cheer for the utes in their conference...lock down the defense and get it done. Bring some hardware home to the great state of Utah.

The Middle Of, UT

Let's dispense with the sportswriter fluff (they just try and sound intelligent) and cut to the quick: Score more points than your opponent.

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