MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Oklahoma has enough on its mind trying to beat Florida in tonight’s BCS national championship game, so here’s one thing for the Sooners not to think about. Don’t think about your conference. Don’t allow the Big 12 to be your burden. Tonight’s game at Dolphin Stadium is not about the Big 12 vs. the SEC. Waving the OU flag in January has become a heavy load lately, so why pick up the Big 12 flag and try to wave that, too? For the Sooners, tonight is all about themselves. Bowl season is the time of year for schools to become selfish. (This viewpoint is never openly discussed at the league’s spring meetings.) Teams must take care of their own business, and their league can latch onto their coattails. Tonight is not about OU trying to rectify how other Big 12 teams have performed this postseason. Heavily favored Texas survived Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, and the Longhorns promptly and predictably anointed themselves No. 1. Oklahoma State got shoved around by Oregon and lost the Holiday Bowl. Texas Tech went through the motions and lost to Mississippi in the Cotton Bowl. Missouri went through the motions and managed to beat Northwestern in overtime in the Alamo Bowl. Nebraska and Kansas won their bowl games, but the No. 6 and No. 7 conference seeds don’t carry much weight. Psychologically, it would have been immensely helpful for OU if Big 12 teams were 6-0 in bowl games so far. Instead, the league is a shaky 4-2 with the No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 seeds all underachieving in their performance. This has become one more burden for the Sooners to bear. Imagine the weight on OU’s shoulders had Texas not pulled off a last-second victory on Monday night. The incessant "S-E-C" chant would be in its eighth day had Utah not soundly beaten Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Tonight is about everyone in crimson and cream, not everyone in the Big 12. It is about everything OU, not everything around OU. This year’s Sooners have been judged by how other Big 12 defenses have fared. They’ve been judged by their four straight BCS bowl losses. They’ve been judged by the USC massacre on the very same field four years ago. They’ve been judged by other BCS bowl losses to LSU, Boise State and West Virginia. None of these things should matter, but they clearly do. This is why the Sooners must focus all their energy on Florida, and not on representing the Big 12. John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.