Needing some sort of an explanation for Saturday's, umm, slow start vs. Ohio State, Wisconsin's official Twitter account singled out one familiar subject: @FauxPelini.
Wisconsin was shut out 38-0 by Ohio State in the first half of the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes racked up 364 yards to the Badgers' 91, and sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones -- making his first career start -- looked like anything but a rookie. His halftime stat line: 10-of-13 for 211 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Regardless of whether @FauxPelini was really behind Wisconsin's slow start, @UWMadison's tweet was good news for the beloved parody Twitter account. After Nebraska fired Bo Pelini last Sunday, @FauxPelini's future was quickly cast into doubt.
WAIT WHAT— Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini) November 30, 2014
LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT YOU ARE PAYING ME NOT TO LIVE IN LINCOLN NEBRASKA AND I AM SUPPOSED TO BE SAD— Fake Bo Pelini (@FauxPelini) November 30, 2014
For now, @FauxPelini has stayed busy offering tips for new Nebraska coach Mike Riley. The account was also quick to retweet @UWMadison's tweet on Saturday, lending credence to the whole conspiracy theory thing.
- Mike Fiammetta