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Here's How Cal vs. Washington State Will Be Handled If Air Quality Index Is Over Limit

The wildfires in Northern California could impact some big football games in the area over the next few days.

The first big game that could be affected is Cal vs. Washington State in Berkeley. NCAA policy dictates that a game can not be played if the local air quality index (AQI) is over 200. Over the last few days, the AQI has flirted with that number, and can change rather quickly due to wind patterns.

Cal does not plan to reschedule the game. If the AQI is above the NCAA's limit, the game will be treated like it is in lightning delay, until the air clears up enough for action to resume.

ESPN's Molly McGrath is on hand for the game, and reported on how the game will be handled this morning. Her video report can be viewed over at

Saturday's Stanford vs. Oregon game and Sunday's match-up between the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers may also be affected by the poor air quality in Northern California.

Cal vs. Washington State is set to kick-off at 10:30 p.m. ET.