You could have lost at Iowa in an afternoon/evening game by 3 or 4 and gotten in. That would have been an "ok" letdown game after a PSU comeback thriller. But losing by 31 is an embarrassment.
Last night's performance didn't help, either. Yeah, they won, they're B1G champs, but they needed a 2014-esque victory, a statement game. The defense was lights out. (Keep in mind, the Badgers have the great Alex Hornibrook at QB. The way Danny Davis was playing last night, you put anyone else in at QB and maybe Wisky can move the ball with the pass.) But the offense was sporadic, Barrett turned it over too many times, and missed at least 3 open passes.
I'm ecstatic that the Bucks beat scUM, won the B1G title, and will play in a big bowl. And I'm happy Barrett got to win a conference title. But you gotta handle your business throughout the season to make it to the show at the postseason.