Michael Weinreb does a great job going through what the Alabama vs. Texas A&M game means for tradition. He shows the difference between an Alabama program with its previous culture of winning and the traditions that came with it. Then, it provides contrast by showing what Texas A&M has now. Whereas Alabama has its own tradition, A&M could create one if they can beat the Tide.
The ESPN advance story on the South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt game is also a good read. It does a good job of establishing the places both teams are coming from. South Carolina’s tough loss to UGA and Vanderbilt’s tough loss to Ole Miss makes it interesting to see how they both bounce back. I think the fact both teams have one big standout star also makes the match-up and story interesting.