PASADENA, Calif. (AP) It was all there for No. 9 UCLA, the program that has seemingly always been one step away from joining college football's elite.
Just beat Stanford and the Bruins would advance to the Pac-12 title game. Defeat Oregon there, and UCLA would have as strong a case as any team in the country to be ranked among the top four.
Instead, UCLA found itself back in familiar territory, taking one step back and left to rue what might have been.