PULLMAN, WA – OCTOBER 9: General view of the game between the Washington State University Cougars and the University of Oregon Ducks on October 9 2004 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. The Ducks won 41-38. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Entering today, Oregon football was probably the Pac-12’s best shot at landing a team in the College Football Playoff. The Ducks narrowly lost a bizarre game to Stanford, and recovered for a statement win against Washington last week.Had the Ducks run the table, and gotten some help, they would have had a solid playoff argument. Unfortunately, things are never easy during road trips to The Palouse.After years of the school’s famous “Ol’ Crimson” flag appearing on College GameDay, Washington State hosted the show for the first time this morning.Fifteen years ago, Washington State’s Ol’ Crimson flag started flying high because of one man and his sewing machine.It has been planted in the heart of College GameDay ever since. pic.twitter.com/mCxrgPnek7— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 20, 2018The Cougars came out on fire in the first half of tonight’s prime time game.No. 25 Washington State leads No. 12 Oregon football 27-0 at the half.Quarterback Gardner Minshew has been prolific, completing 31-of-36 passes for 231 yards and three scores, and out-dueling potential No. 1 pick Justin Herbert so far.Washington, Stanford, USC, Utah, and Colorado all already have two losses on the year. No two-loss team has ever made the College Football Playoff, and while Auburn had a shot last year, they had some great win opportunities down the stretch. Those Pac-12 squads won’t have that advantage.With a win, Wazzu would be the only one-loss Pac-12 squad, but it has already lost at USC, and still has games at Stanford, Colorado, and vs. Washington.While we can’t outright eliminate the Pac-12 from College Football Playoff contention if Oregon doesn’t have an epic comeback, it seems extremely unlikely that one of the league’s teams can crack that top four.
Order of Business begins at its usual time of 10.30am.The Credit Reporting Bill, which would establish a Central Credit Register, will be discussed at 11.45am.Two Ministers will be in the chamber during the afternoon, Minister Alex White at 1.15pm for the committee stage of a Health Bill, and Minister Michael Noonan at 3pm for discussion of the Finance Bill.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesThe Ambassador of South Africa to Ireland will attend the Foreign Affairs committee for expressions of sympathy for Nelson Mandela at 2.30pm in Room 1. After, Marie-Claire McAleer from the National Youth Council of Ireland will be in to discuss a report on emigration.Have you noticed your energy bills creeping up? The Transport and Communication Committee want to know why this is happening, and will be questioning the Commission for Energy Regulation in Room 4 at 9.30am.A wide range of special needs, religious and cultural groups will be attending the Education committee in Room 4 at 1pm to discuss the a draft Education Bill.At 2.30pm in Room 2, the Transport sub-committee will be discussing the Road Traffic Bill, a Fianna Fáil proposal partly accepted by government.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Dáil: Leaders’ Questions – Enda Kenny will be up and at ‘em at 12pm to answer any questions TDs might have.Committees: Public Accounts – Representatives from the Central Remedial Clinic have been called before the committee following recent salary top-up controversies. Chief Executive Brian Conlan has already stated that he won’t be in attendance. That’s at 10am in Room 3.Seanad: Critical Utilities Bill – Senator Feargal Quinn will table a Bill at 6pm that would make any disruption of essential utilities such as water and electricity illegal.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilMinister for Defence Alan Shatter will be taking questions on his portfolio at 9.30am. Recent incidents involving Irish troops in Syria are likely to be raised.We’ll have the final stages of two Bills involving health insurance and local government reform from 10.45am, followed by continued discussion of the Assisted Decision Making Bill, which aims to enable those with who “lack or may shortly lack capacity” to retain some level of legal autonomy.TDs can raise any issues which been bothering them during Topical Issues at 12.51pm.Sinn Féin’s Private Members Motion on Bethany Homes continues at 7.30pm.Everything else that’s happening in the Seanad Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? 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