It would be sad to see the Buffalo program never take off in Division 1 because of the same thing that has crippled Penn St. Football---playing outside of the footprint.
This is nonsense! Penn State does not have an attendance problem. They draw right behind Michigan and would probably draw more if Beaver Stadium was even larger.
Yes, Penn State is having a few losing seasons in recent times. The pendulum would have swung at Penn State, Big 10 or not. Maybe some recruiting was impacted by Penn State moving to the Big 10, but certainly not enough to seriously question their decision. They have had some stagnant coaching, and an offensive line and special teams that have performed sub-par the past couple of years.
Alabama and Nebraska didn't change conferences, and have had troubles during the recent past. It wasn't but a few years ago, the top ranked team, Southern Cal, was stuggling. Kansas State, after a remarkable stretch, is down this year. Washington? No conference change there.
You may be assured, Penn State will make a comeback, and possibly in a big way, and remain Big 10. That second half of the last game with Michigan State, looked like the old Penn State. Though Penn State had another losing season, their defense was respectable, and kept many of their games close.