There is a distinct possibility that the South Region could not get a Pool C bid this year.
Unless HSU stumbles, you don't think they are a lock?
I hope that a 9-1 HSU is a lock for the reason that they have scheduled hard games.
When the Whitworth contract was signed after the 2008 season, the Pirates had two undefeated seasons in the NWC (2006 & 2007).
HSU had just finished a 4-year run with Linfield.
After the 2009 season, they sign a contract with Willamette, which lost by 3 to UWW in 2008.
They are not shirking opponents.
8-2 is a bit more iffy. If McMurry beats them, then they lose the head-to-head against another 2-loss South Region (McMurry) team.