What if it never ends? What if Stanford's winning streak over UCLA stretches through the end of this decade and into the next? What if one day fifty years from now, in attempting to persuade a nation to take on a daunting challenge, a President of the United States asks a crowd, "But why, some say, Mars? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, ninety-nine years ago, fly to the Moon? Why does UCLA play Stanford?"
If that scenario comes to fruition, if Stanford wins over UCLA become as regular as orbits around the Sun, it's likely that historians will look back on the win in 2017 and know that regardless of what the score might indicate, this game was the one where the streak almost ended.