SAN ANTONIO (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns are going back to San Antonio to play in the Alamo Bowl.

The No. 20 Longhorns take on the No. 12 Washington Huskies in the bowl game set for 8 p.m., Dec. 29 at the Alamodome, and both head coaches were in San Antonio for a press conference Thursday.

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian and Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer complimented each other and their respective squads.

“They’re a team that, after watching the tape, after a couple plays here or there, they could be in the College Football Playoff,” Sarkisian said of the Huskies. “The reality of it is, you know, this is a great challenge for us, a great bowl and we’re appreciative of the opportunity.”

DeBoer echoed Sarkisian’s sentiments about the bowl game.

“We’re looking forward to the great challenge of playing UT,” DeBoer said. He’s in his first year coaching the Huskies, and they finished 10-2 overall after a disappointing 4-8 season last year under Jimmy Lake who was fired in the middle of the season. “They’ve had some great wins and continue to project onward and upward.”

DeBoer also mentioned Sarkisian’s “part in our history” with the Huskies program. Sarkisian coached the Huskies from 2009-13, and both coaches came into the program under similar circumstances. It was Sarkisian’s first head coaching job at the FBS level, and he began with the Huskies after a dreadful 0-12 season in 2008 under Tyrone Willingham. Sarkisian helped rebuild the program in Seattle and eventually led them to four bowl games in five seasons.

“I’ll never forget my time at Washington,” Sarkisian said. “It was a special time and it was a special place. The fan base was incredible and I don’t take it lightly. You evolve as a coach as you go through all of it, and you hope to leave a place better than you found it, and I think we did that.”

Washington has one of the most potent offensive attacks in all of college football directed by the nation’s passing yardage leader in quarterback Michael Penix Jr. He transferred from Indiana and will stay at Washington for his last remaining year of eligibility, something DeBoer said the team is “pretty fired up about.”

Penix Jr. passed for 4,354 yards in 12 regular season games and completed 27.5 passes per game, good for No. 3 in FBS.

Texas has its own offensive juggernaut, but it’s unclear if he’ll play in the bowl game or come back from another season. Junior running back Bijan Robinson is the No. 5 rusher in FBS, racking up 1,580 yards this season, but there’s a chance he opts out of the Alamo Bowl to prepare for the NFL Draft.

Sarkisian didn’t say either way if Robinson would play or stay for another season, only that he’ll support Robinson with whatever decision he makes.

“He has a lot of things to work himself through,” Sarkisian said. “We work with our players day-to-day to figure out what they need from us, and we support them the best we can. Bijan loves the University of Texas. For him, to decide if he wants to leave early or not, it’s a tough decision, so we support him the best we can.”