Fox Sports: Is Notre Dame underrated?

IRISH STEW

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame and "underrated" don't usually go hand-in-hand.

But in his mailbag on Wednesday, Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel made a case for the Irish as a legitimate playoff contender that may get written off prematurely in the wake of the Everett Golson transfer news.

Notre Dame finished just 8-5 last season, but 19 starters return for a promising 2015 campaign.

Read what Mandel had to say here.

Notre Dame's Malik Zaire earned MVP honors in the Music City Bowl victory over LSU. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)