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 2019 Review: Rushing Offense

Let's begin breaking down Notre Dame's 2019 advanced stats starting with the unit that enters the fall under the most scrutiny, the Irish running game. Since 2017's record-setting efforts on the ground, the Irish have struggled to run efficiently, especially in big games,  and been plagued by high stuff rates. What improved last season, and [...]

By |2020-02-04T22:20:15-05:00February 5th, 2020|Football|19 Comments

Advanced Stats Video Review: Iowa State

As the dust settles on the last games of the 2019 season, taking (with video!) a look at Notre Dame's advanced stats in the Camping World Bowl win over Iowa State. The Irish dominated the key categories of explosiveness, efficiency, and creating and converting scoring chances. But things were closer than they appeared in the [...]

By |2020-01-13T08:38:57-05:00January 14th, 2020|Football|16 Comments

Offense Overhauled: Chip Long out as OC

The chaos of the offseason reached South Bend today, as Notre Dame and offensive coordinator Chip Long mutually agreed to part ways. First reported by Football Scoop and confirmed by South Bend Tribune's Eric Hansen and a host of other beat writers, Long was Brian Kelly's offensive coordinator for the past three seasons. Long arrived [...]

By |2019-12-11T20:54:30-05:00December 11th, 2019|Football|69 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Stanford

Notre Dame finally broke through in Palo Alto, gaining an edge with an explosive offense and a defensive crackdown after the first quarter. The Irish lost the efficiency battle but were more consistent stringing successful plays together and on passing downs, allowing the visitors to create far more scoring opportunities.  No garbage time was removed [...]

By |2019-12-05T11:40:40-05:00December 5th, 2019|Football|5 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Navy

The Irish checked all the boxes for a perfect game against Navy - scoring every possession early, forcing turnovers and passing downs, and limiting first down yardage. Second-half garbage time stats obscure in the final box score what was an incredibly dominant performance by Notre Dame against a Navy team that's still competing for the [...]

By |2019-11-21T08:51:39-05:00November 21st, 2019|Football|0 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Virginia Tech

Notre Dame dominated the Hokies in the most important categories that decide games, but the Irish shot themselves in the foot in all of the less predictable and more random facets of the game. Turnovers and special teams blunders that cost valuable field position nearly led to a horrendous loss reminiscent of South Florida loss [...]

By |2019-11-05T16:27:33-05:00November 5th, 2019|Football|6 Comments

Advanced Stats Review: Bowling Green

Notre Dame played the worst team in FBS per the latest SP+ rankings, and dominated as expected with season-high advantages in explosiveness and efficiency. Where can the Irish continue to improve, what were the most impressive stats from the blowout win, and what challenges USC brings to South Bend next week. Per SP+ garbage time [...]

By |2019-10-09T13:10:58-04:00October 9th, 2019|Football|3 Comments