One of college football's best rivalry contests may not take place this year. Stanford vs. Cal, also known as the 'Big Game,' is "expected" to be cancelled.
KTVU reports that a source told the network that the Pac-12 is expected to cancel the game.The conference is expected to announce the news later Friday.
Why? The wildfires currently devastating parts of California are leading to incredibly poor air quality. According to KTVU, the Air Quality Index numbers near Berkeley are clearly an issue.
"Cal Althletics officials had said on Thursday they had not seen air quality numbers that required the postponement despite the Air Quality Index reaching 217 that afternoon. However, late Thursday afternoon, the AQI in Berkeley was 232, led to the cancellation of Thursday night’s men’s basketball game against Detroit Mercy at Haas Pavilion. Also, the university also announced the cancellation of all classes Friday."
It's unclear if the game will be made up. Neither Cal nor Stanford can play in the league's title game, so December 1 could be an option.
If not, luckily, both Stanford and Cal have six wins - meaning they're both already bowl eligible.
While it would be disappointing to see the game cancelled, the safety of the student-athletes is what matters most. We'll keep you updated on the status.
Update: The game has been rescheduled for December 1.
Props to the schools for prioritizing safety and still finding a way to get the game in.