Good morning, and thanks for your continued support of Extra Points.

It's been a few weeks since we've done a proper mailbag, and judging by the state of my email inbox, a lot of you have questions you'd like answered.

As you might expect, a lot of these questions are conference realignment oriented, and I tried to pick out questions that didn't repeat themselves too much…but you also had some really thoughtful questions that have nothing to do with realignment. I tried to hit both categories.

Now, let's get to your questions:

Reader Stephen asks,

This question may be too stupid or too broad (or both), but something that’s been weighing on my brain lately is: why are there conferences in college football? I assume the answer is basically just “money” but is there a way to make it a profitable enterprise without conferences? I’m a Notre Dame fan, so I’m basically conference-agnostic, and all this realignment talk is making me curious about the whole structure of the sport as it relates to conference affiliation

Stephen, this isn't a stupid question. This is an excellent question!