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.

Early Preseason Opponent Rankings, Part I

In part one of a three-post series, let's take a look at Notre Dame's 2018 opponents ranked by their preseason S&P+ ratings. Beginning with the toughest five games on the schedule, what elements are driving these preseason ratings, in a positive or a negative direction, for each team? How does each team look in terms [...]

By | February 22nd, 2018|Football|5 Comments

Scheduling for Success in the Playoff Era

Alternative clickbait headline - "Is Notre Dame scheduling itself out of future playoff contention?" The schedule for Irish football has become a hot topic in recent months, following the announcements of a two-game series with Wisconsin in 2020/21 and moving next year’s scheduled home game against Syracuse to Yankee Stadium. This debate is nothing new [...]

By | January 23rd, 2018|18S Reads|22 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Citrus Bowl

Going over Notre Dame's dramatic comeback win over LSU in Orlando - where did Ian Book give the Irish passing attack some much needed momentum? And how did Notre Dame counter a -2 turnover margin and rough day converting scoring opportunities? The Basics As expected, this was a close, intense game from start to finish. [...]

By | January 3rd, 2018|18S Reads|60 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Navy

Recapping Notre Dame's narrow escape over an always irritating Navy offense - many offensive numbers that were better than they looked on film, a solid defensive effort with a few missed opportunities, and a look at Bryce Love and Stanford. The Basics Possessions Plays Yards Scoring Opportunities Notre Dame 7 47 331 4 Navy 8 [...]

By | November 20th, 2017|18S Reads|17 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Miami

Everything went wrong, but let's power through to look at which advanced stats were bad, ugly, and terrible in Notre Dame's loss to Miami. And instead of previewing Navy, who looks like a usual Midshipman team in advanced and traditional stats, let's look at the validity of some hot takes from the blowout loss. The [...]

By | November 14th, 2017|18S Reads|13 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Wake Forest

Breaking down the advanced stats from a wild win over Wake Forest - a poor performance from the defense that isn't as bad without garbage time, an uncharacteristic struggle in the red zone, and a look ahead at an enormous showdown in Miami this weekend. The Basics This game is a perfect summary of why [...]

By | November 6th, 2017|18S Reads|36 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: USC

Eventually Notre Dame will have a game where they aren't ripping away turnovers, rushing at will for over 300 yards, and dominating on both sides of the ball in the red zone. That day was not last weekend against USC, as Brian Kelly stayed undefeated since dancing with his team to Post Malone and Quavo [...]

By | October 25th, 2017|18S Reads|89 Comments

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