About Michael Bryan

Atlanta native, Double Domer ('10/'12), and current Indianapolis resident. Writing mostly about advanced stats, since they're more informative than traditional ones, but the numbers are always the starting point - not the whole story.

Preseason Top 25 Players Ranking: The 18S Ballot

Unless you've been living under an internet-less rock, a terrific preseason tradition is the annual preseason ranking of Notre Dame's top 25 players at  Inside the Irish. Once again our 18 Stripes crew was invited to participate, and as in past years we submitted a group ballot, using some "wisdom of the crowd" or whatever [...]

By |2019-08-09T11:32:21-04:00August 9th, 2019|Football|14 Comments

18S Draft: Next CFP Champion Not Named Clemson or Bama

Clemson just won the title with one of the more dominant seasons in recent memory. Nick Saban and Alabama have owned much of the decade, and been a part of every single College Football Playoff to date. Trevor Lawrence has two more seasons before he's draft eligible, Tua Tagovailoa one more. It got us thinking [...]

By |2019-01-22T22:34:38-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Football|23 Comments

Advanced Stats Deep Dive: Clemson Offense vs. ND Defense

They've been great on paper, but they haven't faced a top-10 opponent like this in 2018. That statement applies to both the Clemson offense and Notre Dame defense, as both will raise the difficult setting considerably in the Cotton Bowl. Why Clemson's efficiency is underrated and will test Clark Lea's "bend but don't break" defense, [...]

By |2018-12-19T15:24:13-04:00December 19th, 2018|Football|6 Comments

Advanced Stats Deep Dive: Notre Dame Offense vs Clemson Defense

Wrapping up the advanced stats from Notre Dame's regular season with an eye toward Clemson - how can the Irish move the ball on the nation's top defense? The numbers provide strong evidence that it's time for Ian Book to really air it out. Irish Run Offense vs.  Clemson Run Defense Running into an orange [...]

By |2018-12-05T22:30:44-04:00December 5th, 2018|Football|34 Comments

How can Brandon Wimbush lead the ND offense?

This morning Irish Sports Daily broke the news that Ian Book will not play Saturday against Florida State. Brian Kelly will address the injury at his press conference today and likely provide additional details, but according to the ISD report Book "suffered multiple injuries to his midsection" in the Northwestern game, and a timetable for his [...]

By |2018-11-08T12:12:26-04:00November 8th, 2018|Football|17 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Virginia Tech

Notre Dame couldn't establish an efficiency advantage for the first time since Ian Book took over the offense, but countered with a Dexter Williams-led win in explosiveness. The Irish also continued their excellence limiting scoring opportunities to create a big advantage in points per scoring chance, with some thanks due to Justin Fuente and his [...]

By |2018-10-11T02:19:21-04:00October 10th, 2018|Football|28 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Vanderbilt

S&P+ gave Vanderbilt a 56% post-game win probability based on an advantage in yards per play, more scoring opportunities, and perceived poor turnover luck. An efficiency edge and slightly better performance converting scoring opportunities (even though it was ugly) saved Notre Dame is this one.  Confused? Check out this advanced stats glossary. Efficiency Vanderbilt’s defense is [...]

By |2018-09-18T20:57:19-04:00September 18th, 2018|Football|108 Comments