Cal is scheduled to host Washington State in Berkeley on Friday night, but air quality in the area could jeopardize the game.
Wildfires have ravaged Northern California, killing 23 people and destroying thousands of buildings, according to CNN.
As a result, the air quality near Berkeley is pushing the pollution limits of what the NCAA will allow.
Cal has managed to practice all this week, but the area’s air quality index (AQI) is being monitored as we approach tomorrow night’s kickoff. From The Mercury News:
The NCAA has a set of parameters for competition in dangerous air on its website:
“Specifically, schools should consider removing sensitive athletes from outdoor practice or competition venues at an AQI over 100. At AQIs of over 150, all athletes should be closely monitored. All athletes should be removed from outdoor practice or competition venues at AQIs of 200 or above.”
The air quality in Berkeley on Wednesday was 187.
Cal and undefeated Washington State are scheduled to kick off at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Mercury News has also inquired about Saturday night’s game between Stanford and Oregon in Palo Alto, which could also be affected, but nothing has been determined.