2018 Michigan @ Notre Dame Situational Analysis

We examine the matchup using our unique situational analysis tool.

What we measure?

  • Total offensive and defensive yards per attempt efficiency by situation.

  • Total offensive and defensive situational Tendencies by percentage.

Identifying your opponent's situational tendencies can help you recognize potential strengths and weaknesses that are essential when creating a successful gameplan. The Football Scout 365 Situational analysis breaks down every situation by area of the field, down, quarter, half, and situational 3rd downs.


You can use this tool for pre-game, in-game and post-game analysis of your team and opponents situational performance.

Michigan @ Notre Dame Situational Overview


When you are looking at a tendency analysis, it can be overwhelming trying to identify the numbers that matter the most. This report is meant to give an overview of overall team efficiency.


Below we are previewing the Notre Dame offense against the Michigan defense. My favorite stat is the points per opportunity. For example in 2017, Notre Dame held a 34% points per opportunity average. This stats takes the total plays attempted in a given situation and divided that by total points scored, meaning the Fighting Irish scored a point on 34% of their offensive passing attempts in 2017.

Michigan @ Notre Dame Situational Overview

Michigan @ Notre Dame Situational Yards Per Attempt


In the next analysis, we take a look at situational yards per attempt. For example, I like to look at yards gained by down. In 2017 Notre Dame averaged 7.03 yds per pass attempt on first down. The Michigan defense allowed 7.1 yds per pass attempt on first down. I like to measure an offense and a defense by how many yards they give up on 1st and 2nd down. The teams that gain 3+ yards on 1st and 2nd down put their offense in a far better position when making play calls on 3rd down and 4 yards to go than a 3rd and 5 or 6 to go situation. Limiting a team to less than 3 yards on 1st and 2nd down can make 3rd down far more predictable for a defense.


Michigan @ Notre Dame Situational Yards Per Attempt

Michigan @ Notre Dame Situational Tendencies by percentage


The percentages measure is important when you are a coach. It helps the defensive coordinator identify tendencies on a deeper level; by helping to recognize what percentage of play will be run or pass based on personnel groups. For example, in 2017 Notre Dame attempted a run play on 28% of its first down attempts vs 17% passing. This is helpful for an offense who wants to break tendency and keep defenses guessing.

Michigan @ Notre Dame Situational Tendencies



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