Georgia Southern received 17 of 26 first-place votes. Second-ranked North Dakota State received five, Sam Houston State got two and Lehigh and Eastern Washington each received one.
Georgia Southern spent six weeks at No. 1 a year ago before falling to Appalachian State. The Eagles (7-1) face the No. 14 Mountaineers (6-3) at home Saturday with a chance to clinch at least a share of the conference title.
SEC AWARDS: South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones are the Southeastern Conference offensive and defensive players of the week.
Shaw passed for a career-high 356 yards and three touchdowns in South Carolina’s win over Tennessee. He also ran for a score.
Jones had a career-high 13 tackles with three sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in Georgia’s win over Florida. He had 4.5 tackles for loss.
WISCONSIN: Quarterback Joel Stave is done for the season after breaking his left collarbone against Michigan State.
Coach Bret Bielema announced the news Monday, two days after the Badgers’ 16-13 overtime loss to the Spartans. Doctors determined the redshirt freshman would not need surgery to repair the injury.
“It probably will be an eight-week recovery, which takes him out of the regular season,” Bielema said.
FLORIDA: Receiver Solomon Patton is out for the rest of the season.
Patton, a junior who had made just one catch this season, broke his left arm in Saturday’s 17-9 loss to rival Georgia.
OKLAHOMA: Leading rusher Damien Williams and starting left tackle Lane Johnson missed practice with ankle injuries, but coach Bob Stoops is holding out hope they’ll be able to play Saturday at Iowa State.
Williams and Johnson were both injured in Satuday’s loss. Stoops said Monday that he hopes both can be back in practice by Wednesday.
TEXAS: Will stick with David Ash as starting quarterback.
Ash was replaced by Case McCoy late against Kansas and McCoy drove the Longhorns to the game-winning touchdown in a 21-17 win. But coach Mack Brown says Ash will still be the starter when the Longhorns travel this week to play at No. 20 Texas Tech.
Ash has been one of the highest-rated passers in the country with 1,726 yards and 12 touchdowns. But Ash has thrown only one touchdown in the past three games.