Missouri SB Nation site Rock M Nation has an ongoing series playing the what-if game of Mizzou joining the Big Ten in 1996.
A fun exercise, but putting PSU in a division with Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, and Indiana with a protected annual series against the Spartans would be immense. Rock M's figures PSU would be 7-0 against Missouri, with final results as shown:
1996, PSU goes 11-1, 2nd in the Big Ten South
1997, PSU goes 9-2, 2nd in the Big Ten South
1998, PSU goes 11-0, loses to O$U in the Championship game, beats UCLA in the Rose Bowl
1999, PSU goes 10-2, beats MSU in the Championship game, beats Stanford in the Rose Bowl
2000, PSU goes 6-6, 2nd in the Big Ten South
2001, PSU goes 6-5, 3rd in the Big Ten South, loses to Washington State in Sun Bowl
2002, PSU goes 11-1, 2nd in Big Ten South, loses to USC in the Orange Bowl
Two thoughts: 1) I would figuratively murder for these results to be true, and 2) I have a hard time believing the results when I look at the specifics. Kevin Thompson and Company putting PSU to an 11-0 record in 1998? Only if PSU had the weakest conference schedule in BCS history.
Anyway, it's a good read.