Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer 319d

Oregon schools monitoring air quality ahead of games

College Football, Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers

Oregon and Oregon State are monitoring hazardous air quality in the area as both universities prepare to host football games Saturday.

Wildfires in the state have brought smoke and ash to the Willamette Valley region, causing Oregon to cancel a cross-country event scheduled for Thursday. Oregon will host Nebraska in football on Saturday afternoon, and Oregon State hosts Minnesota later that night.

The Pac-12 said in a statement that it remains in communications with athletic officials and medical staff at both schools, as well as the regional protection agency, to determine if the air quality is good enough to have the events take place as scheduled, or if officials should modify the kickoff times or even the date of the games.

"Based upon information provided by air protection agency, athletic departments and expert health and safety advice of university medical professionals, a decision will be made on whether an event may be postponed or rescheduled if it is too dangerous to play," the Pac-12 statement reads.

"The universities playing the games make the ultimate decision and that will be made sometime before Saturday morning. Depending on the situation, an event may be postponed or rescheduled if it is too dangerous to play."

Oregon moved its practice Tuesday morning from Eugene to Siuslaw Middle School in Florence, closer to the Pacific Coast. Oregon State held practice on campus in Corvallis, where the air quality isn't quite as bad as it is in Eugene.

The weather forecast calls for possible rain later this week, which could improve the air quality for Saturday's games.

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