PASADENA, Calif. — Oklahoma goes into the New Year with a resolution singularly focused on one thing: winning the program’s first national championship in 18 years.
That’s it. The No. 2-ranked Sooners (12-1) face No. 3 Georgia (12-1) on Monday in the Rose Bowl for a shot at the College Football Playoff national championship game, and Sooners players, coaches and fans aren’t thinking much beyond that.
And yet, the Sooners’ schooner also is burdened with the nearly impossible task of restoring glory to a once-great conference — burdened not just with bearing the Big 12’s flag, but with planting a stake in the ground of the national landscape that would elevate the league’s continuing troubled image.
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