A 20-year dream — to chronicle an epic UCLA-USC matchup as this paper's national college football columnist — is not going to happen.
The clock ran out on the two programs as they relate to my career.
The 13-9 game of 2006 certainly moved earth, but only because it cratered USC's national title hopes. UCLA ended 7-6 after an Emerald Bowl loss.
The promise of 2007 turned sour when UCLA, preseason No. 14, missed a slalom gate at the Salt Lake Games and lost, 44-6, to Utah.
USC was preseason No.1 that year but, as 40-points-plus favorites, had that little Tavita Pritchard issue with Stanford.
It's been a streaky, uneven series on my watch, with...