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.