Alabama vs West Virginia: WE MUST PROTECT THIS COUCH!

Right now, the only two things we're absolutely sure can stop this man are bourbon and burning couches.

OK, by now you've heard what has lit up the college football interwebs this afternoon, Alabama and West Virginia are looking at a matchup in the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Numerous sources claim Coach Saban has said this at recent Crimson Caravan events and, earlier this afternoon, The Charleston Daily Mail's WVU beat writer, Mike Casazza, confirmed it.

That "done done" wasn't a typo, he tweeted later. " That was how level of confidence was conveyed to me." Casazza later followed up with a bona fide story on the developments citing WVU deputy director of athletics Mike Parsons as his source. So, alrighty then... looks like we are good to go.

Of course we still need to get a confirmation from the Alabama side and, like all of these types of things, some detail in the negotiations could derail things at the last minute. But it's seeming pretty likely that a matchup between Holgorsen's shoot-out-the-lights offense and Saban's bone crushing defense is gonna happen.

So, after the jump, let's check out some of the initial reactions to the news...

And, lastly, just pop over to Smart Football's twitter timeline to get his running commentary on what he expects of the matchup. It's full of observations like this...

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