From their performances from the start to the Gopher game...it appears the term "spent their powder" is applicable. They just haven't been the same since beating the Gophers. And Stanford has not lost since losing to Northwestern in week 1, and they could win the PAC, they have Cal & ND at the end of their schedule as toughest match ups left. They run the table they could sneak into the NCAA playoffs, if other teams struggle. The LSU/Alabama game will determine much in the SEC, Mich St (that ending with Michigan this week was insane!) & Ohio St have to meet yet and Ohio St finishes with Michigan, Clemson has to run the table and beat FSU and hope for help, TCU is living off its offense and still has ranked road games vs OK St & OK and at home vs #2 Baylor to deal with, Utah is interesting but if things hold as is they have a PAC date with Stanford, and all the major conferences will have their playoff games...and my pick to win it all is Baylor...they have the OK games too before playing TCU and I like them as their offense is prolific like TCU but I think Baylor has a better defense.
Anyway, Northwestern's schedule is easing up now, but not enough to get them back in the hunt...Iowa has the B10 West all but sewed up.