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.

Top 25 ND Players, 18 Stripes Edition

If you’ve missed it last week, it’s a great chance to catch up on the annual preseason rankings of the top 25 Notre Dame football players over at Inside the Irish. You can see the consensus ranking that includes our ballot and Douglas Farmer’s astute commentary over there, but if you’ve read this far, you [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|18S Reads|8 Comments

Where should the bar be set for Brian Kelly in 2017?

As fall practice begins, it’s getting closer and closer to prediction time for all of your favorite writers. And for Notre Dame in 2017, that means that every one-line prognostication will devote a few words to Brian Kelly’s future. “Notre Dame: 9-3 with an improved defense under Mike Elko, cooling Brian Kelly’s hot seat.” Or [...]

By | August 2nd, 2017|18S Reads|49 Comments

Ranking the Road Trips, 2017 Edition

If you've been with us a while, you may remember the inaugural ranking of Notre Dame away games in 2015. While I won't give myself too much credit, the top three games listed (Clemson, Stanford, UVA) were incredible games, even though they featured two Irish losses and the season-ending injury to Malik Zaire. Looking back [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|18S Reads|23 Comments

10 (non-BK) Coaches to Watch in 2017

Every season the coaching carousel seems to escalate the craziness, and 2016-2017 was no exception. Two gigantic openings were filled at LSU and Texas, and several hot commodities like PJ Fleck, Willie Taggart, and Matt Rhule made jumps to Power 5 conferences. Excluding Brian Kelly, who would certainly make this list if he weren't already [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|18S Reads|18 Comments

Counting Stats Are For Dummies

Raise your hand if you’ve read an article this offseason citing a team’s points per game, yards per game, or NCAA ranks using those measures. The vast majority of reviews and previews, right? This is all kinds of bad, and needs to change. Do not accept these numbers at face value. Take those rankings using [...]

By | May 16th, 2017|Football|7 Comments

Five Factors Review: Virginia Tech

Another one possession loss and blown lead for the Irish in 2016. What do all these one possession losses mean for the team's future, and why is the offense always stalling out in the second half? Confused? Check out the advanced-stats glossary here. This week we'll review what went wrong in the second half against the [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|Football|10 Comments

Advanced Stats Preview: Virginia Tech

Previewing a Senior Day showdown between Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. The Hokies are very good defensively, but are cracks starting to emerge? Can the Irish keep their long-shot bowl hopes alive? If looking for additional information on the statistics and terms used here, great starting points are Football Studyhall’s Advanced Stats Glossary, Bill Connelly’s Five Factors, [...]

By | November 18th, 2016|Football|7 Comments

Five Factors Review: Army

A rare stress-free win for Notre Dame in 2016 reviewed using the Five Factors that lead to success in football. The Irish keep small hopes for bowl eligibility alive for another week. Confused? Check out the advanced-stats glossary here. Garbage time returns for only the third time this season! The first half was meaningful, the second [...]

By | November 15th, 2016|Football|2 Comments

Five Factors Review: Navy

The team with the better offense played more aggressively and won the game. That should be Notre Dame, but instead Will Worth and Navy executed their gameplan to perfection, while the Irish defense floundered. Settling for field goals has fans feeling like Jack Swarbrick is settling with Brian Kelly as head coach. Confused? Check out [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Football|1 Comment

Five Factors Review: Miami

The Irish outplayed Miami in the traditional phases of the game, but special teams blunders let the Hurricanes almost steal a win anyway. Breaking down an overall encouraging performance for Notre Dame with the five factors that lead to winning football games. Confused? Check out the advanced-stats glossary here. Explosiveness Let’s talk about the good [...]

By | November 1st, 2016|Football|13 Comments

Advanced Stats Preview: Miami

Previewing the advanced stats of Miami in Notre Dame in a game renewing an old rivalry. Brad Kaaya versus DeShone Kizer! 2-5 vs. 4-3! Feel the excitement! If looking for additional information on the statistics and terms used here, great starting points are Football Studyhall’s Advanced Stats Glossary, Bill Connelly’s Five Factors, and Brian Fremeau’s FEI ratings. Miami Offense [...]

By | October 28th, 2016|Football|2 Comments

Advanced Stats Preview: Stanford

Previewing a rivalry game between Notre Dame and Stanford that now looks like a temporary lifesaver for the winner and another nail in the coffin for the loser. If looking for additional information on the statistics and terms used here, great starting points are Football Studyhall’s Advanced Stats Glossary, Bill Connelly’s Five Factors, and Brian Fremeau’s [...]

By | October 14th, 2016|Football|10 Comments

Five Factors Review: NC State

Storm clouds keep gathering over the Notre Dame football program after a 10-3 loss at NC State. Taking a look at run/pass splits and success rates, and how the Irish missed opportunities to capitalize on field position advantages. Confused? Check out the advanced-stats glossary here. Explosiveness Let’s get this out of the way first – [...]

By | October 11th, 2016|Football|1 Comment

Advanced Stats Preview: NC State

Previewing Notre Dame's trip to North Carolina State with advanced stats. Raise your hand if you saw this turning into a critical contest for the Irish to ensure bowl eligibility at the end of the season. If looking for additional information on the statistics and terms used here, great starting points are Football Studyhall’s Advanced Stats [...]

By | October 7th, 2016|Football|3 Comments

Five Factors Review: Syracuse

Notre Dame’s win over Syracuse reviewed using the Five Factors that lead to success in football. Some encouraging signs for the defense, and the return of esplosiva! Confused? Check out the advanced-stats glossary here. Explosiveness   On a yard per play basis, this was a romp for Notre Dame, and the final score should have [...]

By | October 4th, 2016|Football|4 Comments