From what I have heard yes. UNLV has been complaining. They are losing some big games. Especially at the Colorado showcase. Losing to Denver and Boise and tying metro? Not good at all from the supposed top team in the West. UNLV is worried they might drop to 3 or 4 and has been complaining that they didn't set money aside to travel to regionals or Nationals. So I heard that the west region manager is giving them an AUTOBID regardless. When teams like USU and NAU who have had much tougher schedules will get screwed out of a chance for an auto bid.
The only reason I mention Williston is because they have an extremely easy schedule. Their hardest game would be against Minot State.
USU and NAU have been playing extremely well this semester and it would be a shame that poor planning on UNLV's end and their constant complaining for their golden children will get them an autobid. Extremely unfair.
Rules are rules. Always plan to be at regionals. Teams lose players at semester because of grades etc. Just cause you had a hot first semester doesn't mean you will coast through the second semester.