Andrew J. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham talks with Utah Utes defensive back Michael Walker (15) after he broke up a pass during NCAA football in Provo Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Utah won 20-13.

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.

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