(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The college football season comes to a close on Monday night as the Alabama Crimson Tide face off against the Clemson Tigers. It’s the third meeting between these two teams in the past four national title games.With the end of the season in sight, college football insider Brett McMurphy released his final top-25. There are a few familiar teams atop the list and one team making a significant jump – Army sits at No. 15 after demolishing Houston earlier this bowl season.Here’s the top five from McMurphy:Alabama/ClemsonAlabama/ClemsonOklahomaOhio StateNotre DameYou can see his full list below.My final AP ballot:1-CFB champ 2-Runner-up 3-OU 4-OhioSt 5-ND 6-LSU 7-Texas 8-UGA 9-UF 10-WSU 11-UK 12-UW 13-Mich 14-UCF 15-Army 16-A&M 17-Fresno 18-Syracuse 19-N’western 20-PSU 21-Boise 22-AppSt 23-UtahSt 24-UAB 25-WVU #APTop25— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 7, 2019Ohio State jumps Notre Dame for the No. 4 spot after the Buckeyes took down Washington in the Rose Bowl, while the Fighting Irish struggled against Clemson.McMurphy has seven non-Power 5 teams in his top 25 after their impressive performances in their respective bowl games.After tonight’s game between Clemson and Alabama, we’ll know who No. 1 is.
09.30am: Minister Leo Varadkar’s before the Transport Committee first thing. They’ll be discussing the forthcoming Transport, Telecommunications and Energy EU Council meeting. Committee Room 4. 5pm:Brian Purcell, the top official at the Department of Justice, faces questions from a panel of TDs and senators today. Purcell had requested not to be questioned about the events surrounding the departure of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, but the Justice Committee has insisted it will ask any questions within its remit. (Committee Room 2) 09.30am: Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore (yes, he’s still the Minister) takes questions pertaining to his Department. 3pm: Statements on the ‘Youth Guarantee’ employment programme, followed at 5pm by work on the second stage of the Companies Bill 2012. The day concludes with members conducting their own version of Topical Issues: Matters on the Adjournment. Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:Dáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here 2pm: The Ambassador of Nigeria Felix Yusufu Pwol gives an update on the situation in the country to the Committee on Foreign Affairs this afternoon. It comes in the context of the continuing effort to rescue over 200 abducted schoolgirls. Everything else happening in the committees 12.45pm: Senators discuss issues facing the maternity departments at Sligo, Mayo, Letterkenny and Portiuncula hospitals. 1.51pm: Topical Issues: Members raise issues of concern to their constituents and the wider electorate. What issues, you ask? Details will be published here. 10.30am: Work commences in the upper chamber, with the Central Bank Bill 2014 the main focus of the morning. Midday: Leaders Questions: TDs question the Government on all manner of things… Expect plenty of attempted post-election points scoring. 7.30pm: More debate on Mick Wallace’s bill aimed at strengthening the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) and setting up a new Garda Siochána Independent Board. Everything happening in the Seanad 4.30pm: The Guerin Report is also on the Dáil’s agenda today. Initially set up to investigate a number of allegations of serious garda misconduct made by whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe, the report has now led to a statutory inquiry. TDs have their say on it for three hours this evening. Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a bill become a law? > 2pm: Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan will be before the Justice Committee this afternoon to discuss the effectiveness of the Garda Síochána Act 2005. Committee Room 2. 2pm: Fun times for the Global Taxation sub committee this afternoon. They’ll be discussing “the global corporate/multinational taxation architecture and Ireland’s relationship with that tax architecture”. Committee Room 4. 4pm: There’s a behind-closed-doors meeting of the Dáil’s Procedure and Privileges Committee in Committee Room 2. The Public Service Oversight and Petitions Committee also meets at the same time, in Committee Room 3. Everything else happening in the Dáil WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on 1pm: The Education and Social Protection Committee gets an update on the implementation of the ‘Youth Guarantee’ employment scheme. Committee Room 3.