Winds and rain chase away smoke in Pullman. The Cougars will play season opener against Portland State as scheduled

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Here we are, folks — it’s the first week of college football. Let the games begin!

The crazy winds and a little rain over the weekend did Washington State a favor and cleared out a lot of residual smoke from the wildfires that have ravaged the state. As a result, the Cougars are on track to play their football season opener against Portland State at 11 a.m. on Sept. 5 as scheduled.

Until last week, there was concern that poor air quality — the air quality index was around 200 early Saturday — would force WSU to postpone or move its game against the Vikings. That is now¬†unlikely. More rain is expected on Wednesday and this will also likely help WSU’s cause.

The Cougars are off Monday, and will resume game week practices beginning Tuesday afternoon.

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