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Covid-19 tracker for Week 5 of college football

We take a look at any last minute changes that might happen because of the virus

Rex Culpepper of the Syracuse Orange drops back to pass in the second half during the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on September 19, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

Each week in the bizarre college football season that is 2020, whether a game is delayed due to testing issues, or a player throws up at a team meal and infects multiple people, something Covid-19-related happens last minute to affect what’s happening on the field. It’s been a true struggle for athletic departments to deal with issues as they pop up at the last minute, whether that’s roster problems or issues in the stadium.

We don’t know what might happen or when it will happen, but literally something has happened every week this season. So we’ll be prepared for it in this space when it does. A player fails a test on the way to the stadium? A game is delayed? Fans that were originally allowed to attend aren’t anymore? That all goes here.

One thing we did find out last night is that the unending string of bowl games that we celebrate from the end of the conference championship weekend right through the first week in January will be two short this season, as the Hawai’i Bowl and the Bahamas Bowl won’t take place in 2020. With the travel restrictions in place, it makes sense that teams wouldn’t like to travel that far to compete in basically exhibition games.

Update 3:15 p.m. Virginia Tech missing 22 players, two coaches

These are massive, massive losses for VPI in the secondary today. This might be an over play. Duke is still +13 at DraftKings as of 3:15 p.m.