Voluntarily giving away a home game to help the conference out of a tough spot with an angry TV partner isn't something a big-time college football program would do. You'll notice Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State haven't made any such concession. If MSU isn't serious about being a real player, why should anyone be serious about supporting it?
Warren over-promised on behalf of the conference's schools, which has new Big Ten Commission Tony Pettiti scrambling to retain as much of the rights money as possible. The league has offered several concessions to placate its aggrieve TV partners, such as moving MSU vs. Penn State to Black Friday.
The entire country will be subjected during prime time on Nov. 11 to Ohio State chasing MSU out of the horseshoe by halftime, because the biggest game that week, Michigan at Penn State, will be played at noon before fans have even had time to fill the stadium. Why? Because the Big Ten essentially sold its scheduling department to Fox.
Losing starters to the transfer portal isn't a big deal, let alone some sort of death sentence for a football program. If it were, that'd mean programs like Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, and Notre Dame are dead.