Midseason Report

FAYETTEVILLE — It's hard to believe that Arkansas has only reached the halfway point of the regular season.

It sure feels longer.

So far, the 2007 season has included three guaranteed wins, three close losses and more drama than a TV soap opera.

With last Saturday's 9-7 loss to No. 18 Auburn, the Razorbacks ended the first half of the season with a 3-3 record and an 0-3 start in the Southeastern Conference.

Things haven't necessarily gone as expected.

Wide receiver Marcus Monk has missed more time than Arkansas' coaches initially thought because of a knee injury. And running back Darren McFadden is no longer considered the front-runner to win the Heisman Trophy.

Losing three games by 18 points hasn't made the first half of the season go any smoother for the Razorbacks — and particularly coach Houston Nutt.

"It's just real simple: It's about winning. That's the dose of medicine that we need. You're close, but that doesn't count," Nutt said.

"(Football is) not horseshoes. You've got to finish out games. We're right there and playing well enough just to be behind at the very end. We've got to stay ahead ‘til that final, final second."

Though rough, it hasn't been all bad news for Arkansas.

McFadden is still in the mix in the Heisman race. Fellow tailback Felix Jones has picked up where he left off a year ago. And there is a chance that Monk could return for the second half of the season.

As the end of October approaches, The Morning News has put together a midseason report to review the Razorbacks' first six games. The grades have been determined by a staff of sports reporters.

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