Kilpatrick and the Bengals faced a brutal out of conference schedule that included four Pac-10 teams: UW, WSU, Oregon State and UCLA. And Kilpatrick -- who attended Puyallup High School -- thinks UW would be competitive with any of them and has the best defense.
"They compare with everybody," he said. "And they're the best defensive team we've faced. Washigton State lets you get the ball. Washington gets up in you and doesn't let you get the ball. That's where they're tough."
Told of the comments, UW coach Lorenzo Romar and some other Huskies seemed to appreciate the compliment, although they seemed unwilling to agree.
In any case, we don't have to wait long for a pretty good indication: Pac-10 play opens Saturday with Washington State visiting UW.
Meanwhile, ESPN's Weekly Watch is predicting a UW upset over the Cougs.