Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente and the No. 23 Hokies have battled two opponents each time they have taken the field: the other team and COVID-19.

It’s unclear how many players the Hokies will be missing due to cornavirus-related issues when they face Boston College (3-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Saturday night, but nearly 20 have sidelined each week over the first three games.

They were first missing 23, then 21 and the last time out 15, and the decrease in the numbers hasn’t necessarily meant things have gotten easier for the Hokies (2-1, 2-1).

“The last two weeks, it’s been really concentrated in places that were already thin to begin with,” Fuente said. “That’s had a pretty adverse effect on us.”

A depleted defensive backfield created issues in a 56-45 loss at No. 5 North Carolina last Saturday, but not