Recipe for disaster

For USC Trojans fans, those once traditional 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon kickoffs in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum were perceived as the norm, and evening games were reserved for special adversaries scheduled few and far between.

Well, perception is not always reality. Night games in Los Angeles have actually been played almost annually in the Trojans' home schedule since the first one in 1944, when the Trojans defeated the Washington Huskies, 38-7, in front of 62,865 fans in the Grand Old Lady.

Naturally, 1:30 kickoffs had their advantages in the "good old days." The start time was just late enough as to not shake hands with Mr. Rooster, Saturday freeway traffic was manageable and there was still enough time to get a good tailgating location on the grounds of Exposition Park, in which the Coliseum resides.