Catch up with this week's news coverage of the Iron Bowl (links)

Some fans spent Thanksgiving tailgating in Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl. (

Thanksgiving, check. Black Friday, check. Next up, Iron Bowl.

The countdown to kickoff of the 77th playing of the Iron Bowl is under 24 hours now, and there has been plenty of news coverage of the game leading up to Saturday's showdown in Tuscaloosa.

Check out the links below to this week's stories, reports, video and coverage of the game.

Stories:Paul Finebaum tweets that Auburn has begun the search to replace Gene ChizikMayors of Auburn, Tuscaloosa place bet on Iron BowlReport:{} NCAA investigating AuburnFans rolled into Tuscaloosa early to spend Thanksgiving Day right next to Bryant Denny Stadium.Auburn defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker says the Tigers aren't scared of No. 2 Alabama.So much has changed since the last time Alabama welcomed Auburn into Bryant-Denny stadium.Authorities are warning football fans to be on the lookout for fake tickets for Saturday's Alabama-Auburn game in Tuscaloosa.Fans and police officers get ready for Alabama vs. AuburnAlabama coach Nick Saban isn't talking about the BCS or SEC championship.If Auburn were to somehow beat No. 2 Alabama on Saturday, it might be the biggest upset in Iron Bowl history.The Iron Bowl will feature two quarterbacks at very different stages in their careers.The Iron Bowl figures heavily in the national championship race for the fifth straight year.Alternate routes to Tuscaloosa for fans traveling to and from the game on Saturday.Interesting numbers related to the Iron Bowl; Scores of previous 76 meetings between Alabama and Auburn.Video:

Video and transcript of Gene Chizik's news conference on Tuesday.Video and transcript of Nick Saban's news conference on Tuesday.Video highlights from the 2011 Iron BowlMore videos