No. 1 picks tend to be Bowl victors

December, 9, 2011
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What is the Bowl record for teams of the soon-to-be number one pick in the NFL Draft (I.e. Newton, Manning, etc) -- asked by @Boydwonder

Of the last nine No. 1 picks in the NFL Draft, eight played in either a bowl game or BCS title game (the exception being Sam Bradford, who was injured when his team won the Sun Bowl). All eight of them won.

The last No. 1 pick who lost a Bowl game in the season prior to his being drafted No. 1 was quarterback David Carr, whose 2001 Fresno State team lost in the Silicon Valley Bowl to Michigan State.

Where does this year's Alabama defense rank among the all-time best? -- asked by @TheBlackerby:

Via ESPN BCS expert Brad Edwards: Alabama leads the nation in scoring, total, rushing and passing defense. The NCAA has been tracking those four major defensive categories since 1937, and only one team (Oklahoma in 1986) has ever finished a season ranked first in all four.

Alabama's yards per game allowed (191.3) would be the lowest since that '86 Oklahoma team.

Teams in the FBS are averaging 393.5 yards per game this season, which means its total defense is 51.4 percent better than the national average for offense. Since 1960, only one other team has a mark above 51 percent in this category, and as you might have guessed, it's '86 Oklahoma (51.9%).

How many Heisman winners have won the Davey O'Brien award? -- asked by @mgreenberg

The Davey O’Brien Award was first handed it out in 1981. Out of the 30 previous years in which the award was handed out, 14 different Davey O’Brien winners went on to win the Heisman trophy that season.

In fact, four of the past five seasons the Davey O’Brien Award winner has won the Heisman trophy as well. The only player during that span not to take home both was Colt McCoy in 2009.

Which quarterback has the highest ever yards per completion in their career? -- asked by @Ahay11

According to the FBS record book, Baylor quarterback J.J. Joe averaged 17.3 yards per completion, netting 5,995 yards on 347 completed passes.

If we up the minimum to 400, the answer is Ryan Dinwiddie of Boise State, who averaged 15.8 yards per completion from 2000 to 2003.

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