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 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+00:00September 18th, 2018|Football|99 Comments

2018 Preview: Notre Dame Opponent Offenses

Expectations are sky-high this fall for rookie defensive coordinator Clark Lea with a combination of talented and experienced returning starters. While there are a few outstanding questions - who will emerge at safety and to what level of performance, how Lea will handle game-planning and play-calling, how key position changes will play out - it [...]

By |2018-07-27T10:39:56+00:00July 26th, 2018|Football|6 Comments

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 |2018-05-09T22:25:31+00:00February 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 |2018-05-09T22:25:36+00:00January 23rd, 2018|18S Reads|22 Comments