Oregon dealt with dangerous wildfires and hot temperatures during Labor Day weekend, causing air quality concerns that could impact games involving two Big Ten programs.
As of now, Nebraska and Minnesota are scheduled to play Oregon and Oregon State, respectively, on Saturday. But that could change, according to The Oregonian’s Andrew Greif.
Just heard back from the Pac-12. Oregon hosts Nebraska, and Oregon St. hosts Minnesota on Saturday. Air quality at moment still "hazardous." pic.twitter.com/E4hcDiS8a1
— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) September 5, 2017
Here’s the full statement from the Pac-12:
Oregon and Oregon State have been working closely with the relevant regional air protection agency, the Pac-12, and their own medical personnel to monitor and access the air quality situation since the fires broke out and they will continue to do so. Based upon the information provided by the air protection agency and the expert health and safety advice of the respective University medical professionals, a decision will be made on whether or not to adjust game times and/or dates with the safety of student-athletes and fans as a priority.
On Sunday, the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality alert for several counties, adding to the smoke and ozone alerts already in effect. The alert will remain in effect until Tuesday. LRAPA spokeswoman Jo Niehaus told Greif she hopes the worst of it “clears out Tuesday evening.”
These issues have already caused the Oregon football team to adjust its practice schedule. On Monday, Greif reported the Ducks were moving Tuesday’s workout rom Eugene to a middle school closer to the coast because of poor air conditions.
It remains to be seen whether the air quality problems will affect this weekend’s games involving the Cornhuskers and Golden Gophers.