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.

Advanced Stats Preview: USC

Ahead of Saturday's battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh (anyone notice Brian Kelly is super into rivalry trophies lately?), how do the Trojans and Irish match up in each advanced stats category? Where is USC susceptible, and what should Notre Dame fans be worried about? USC Offense vs. Notre Dame Defense Immediately after the loss to [...]

By | October 18th, 2017|18S Reads|7 Comments

College Football Playoff Status Report

As the halfway point of the regular season approaches, how are contenders looking across conferences? Who are the current playoff favorites, and what teams could be spoilers in the November chaos? Introduction To simplify this early preview, let's operate under this assumption: A zero or 1-loss team that wins a Power Five conference is in. [...]

By | October 14th, 2017|Football|23 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: UNC

Checking out the advanced stats from Notre Dame at North Carolina: a dominant defensive performance, solid job by Ian Book as game manager, and a look at what's ailing the wide receivers. The Basics This wasn't a particularly pretty win, but thanks to a dominant defensive effort it never felt like an Irish victory was [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|18S Reads|12 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Miami (OH)

Reviewing Notre Dame's cruise-control victory against the closer Miami: it's nice to have an offense whose floor includes often putting up nearly 50 points and rushing for 300 yards, and why there's a few reasons for caution before getting too optimistic about this Irish defense. The basics In a game that was never in doubt [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|18S Reads|26 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Michigan State

When the post-game conversation centers around how high the performance ranked in the Brian Kelly era and debating the significance of a +3 turnover margin and garbage time yards, things went pretty well. Below we'll take a look at the advanced stats from Notre Dame's wire-to-wire win over Michigan State. The basics The “First Take”-style [...]

By | September 26th, 2017|18S Reads|9 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Boston College

Breaking down the classic "beat an opponent by 29 points, yet inspire a crisis of confidence in your fanbase" win over Boston College. What does Notre Dame's offensive identity look like through three games, and how might the Irish evolve if the passing game doesn't improve*? *It might just improve The Basics Saturday’s game was [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|18S Reads|52 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Georgia

Recapping Notre Dame's tough loss to Georgia with an review of the advanced stats. In a fairly even contest, where did the Irish come up short? Bear with me for a quick trip into an alternate universe… Notre Dame finally reversed their streak of losses in close games, gutting out a tough 22-20 win over [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|18S Reads|27 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Temple – Notre Dame

Recapping Notre Dame –Temple with advanced stats: a dominant rushing performance, some questions in the passing game, and an improving defense that showed flashes but needs more consistency. Introduction If you’ve been with us a few years, you’ll notice a few tweaks and changes for 2017. I’ll introduce them as they arrive, but as always [...]

By | September 6th, 2017|18S Reads|29 Comments

Advanced Stats Mega-Preview

It's time to break out the advanced stats again, taking a glance at the few things that went right and the many things that went wrong in 2016 and predicting how they'll change this season. Last year I broke out each of Bill Connelly's Five Factors into it's own posts, but procrastination has led to [...]

By | August 29th, 2017|18S Reads|5 Comments

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