Cal, Stan­ford games still on for now, but ...

San Francisco Chronicle - - COLLEGES - By Rusty Sim­mons and Tom FitzGer­ald Tom FitzGer­ald and Rusty Sim­mons are San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writ­ers. Email: tfitzger­ald@sfchron­i­cle.com or rsim­mons@sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @tomg fitzger­ald or @Rusty_SFChron

Cal ex­pects to host its foot­ball game against No. 8 Wash­ing­ton State as sched­uled Fri­day night, de­spite con­cerns about the air qual­ity in Berke­ley be­cause of the North Bay fires.

Stan­ford is also mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion ahead of its game sched­uled for Satur­day night on the Farm.

Cal is­sued a state­ment just be­fore noon Thurs­day say­ing it is closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion and is stay­ing in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Pac-12 and Wash­ing­ton State of­fi­cials as ex­perts de­ter­mine the best course of ac­tion.

“We are work­ing through a unique sit­u­a­tion, and the health and safety of our stu­dent-ath­letes, fans, coaches and all those who work home foot­ball games is of ut­most con­cern,” the state­ment said. “As of the time of this re­lease, we do not an­tic­i­pate any changes to our sched­uled game with Wash­ing­ton State.”

The NCAA Sport Sci­ence In­sti­tute pro­vides pa­ram­e­ters for ac­tiv­i­ties in poor air qual­ity, and Cal is us­ing those guide­lines. A sus­tained Air Qual­ity In­dex of 200 or more is the thresh­old for de­lay­ing or can­cel­ing a com­pe­ti­tion, and the Berke­ley area was at 155 on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Num­bers from smoke are highly de­pen­dent on wind di­rec­tion and speed, and past data don’t nec­es­sar­ily pre­dict fu­ture re­sults. Still, the AQI in Berke­ley has de­clined the past few evenings, fall­ing into the 80s by 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

As a re­sult of the North Bay fires, Stan­ford is also mon­i­tor­ing the air qual­ity as it might af­fect sev­eral home sports events on Re­union Home­com­ing Week­end, in­clud­ing Satur­day night’s foot­ball game against Ore­gon.

The fires have com­pro­mised air qual­ity through much of the Bay Area, in­clud­ing the Stan­ford cam­pus.

It’s not known how late a de­ci­sion could be made re­gard­ing the 8 p.m. foot­ball game. Reschedul­ing the game would be dif­fi­cult be­cause, although Stan­ford is idle next week, Ore­gon has a game that Satur­day against UCLA at the Rose Bowl.

Nei­ther team has an­other open date be­fore the Pac-12 cham­pi­onship game Dec. 1.

Soc­cer post­pone­ments:

Four Bay Area WCC soc­cer matches sched­uled for this week­end have been post­poned: the men’s Fri­day matchups of Paci­ficUSF and St. Mary’s-Santa Clara, and the women’s Satur­day games of BYU-USF and San Diego-Santa Clara. The con­fer­ence will try to resched­ule those matches.

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