Two significant streaks will be on the line Saturday when second-ranked Alabama plays No. 10 Tennessee in Birmingham.

The Crimson Tide will be seeking its 29th straight victory, which would set a school and Southeastern Conference record. Alabama also has a seven-game winning streak against Tennessee, which is 4-18 against the Tide since 1971.With another victory over the Vols, Alabama can virtually clinch the SEC's Western Division title and a berth in the league's championship game on Dec. 4. Auburn, the only other team in the division with less than two losses, can't play in the title game because of NCAA probation.

Tennessee must win to stay in the hunt for the SEC Eastern title. The Vols lost to division-leader Florida last month, and another defeat would probably make it impossible for them to catch the unbeaten Gators.

The Vols are led by quarterback Heath Shuler, who already has tied the school record for TD passes in a season with 18. His favorite targets are seniors Cory Fleming and Craig Faulkner, who have combined for 12 TD catches and almost 800 yards in receptions.

Alabama's big offensive weapons are quarterback Jay Barker, tailback Sherman Williams and all-purpose threat David Palmer. Barker is 22-0 as a starter, Williams has five straight 100-yard rushing games, and Palmer averages 16 yards every time he touches the ball.

But the difference will be defense.

Alabama has the No. 2 defense in the country, holding opponents to 7 points and 185 yards per game. Tennessee's defense isn't nearly as good, giving up 17 points and 325 yards per game.

The Tide, favored by 5 1/2 points, will beat the Vols again. . . . ALABAMA 24-14.

Elsewhere across the nation:

No. 15 Virginia (plus 25) at No. 1 Florida St.: Seminoles are 12-0 in ACC last two years . . . FLORIDA ST. 38-21.

No. 3 Notre Dame (minus 16) at BYU: Cougars coming off 68-14 loss to UCLA . . . NOTRE DAME 44-14.

No. 4 Florida (minus 6) at No. 19 Auburn: Gators hand Tigers their first loss . . . FLORIDA 24-21.

No. 25 Michigan St. (plus 13) at No. 5 Ohio St.: Buckeyes lead Big Ten in total defense . . . OHIO ST. 21-7.

Kansas St. (plus 271/2) at No. 6 Nebraska: Cornhuskers have won 24 straight over Wildcats . . . NEBRASKA 34-14.

No. 18 Michigan (plus 6) at No. 7 Penn St.: Teams heading in opposite directions . . . PENN ST. 17-10.

No. 20 Colorado (minus 5) at No. 9 Oklahoma: Sooners win high-scoring shootout . . . OKLAHOMA 38-34.

Stanford (plus 10) at No. 11 Arizona: Wildcats off to best start since 1975 . . . ARIZONA 28-14.

No. 12 Washington (plus 1) at No. 22 UCLA: Series tied at 25-25-2 . . . WASHINGTON 24-21.

No. 13 Texas A&M (minus 15) at Baylor: Bears haven't beaten Aggies since 1985 . . . TEXAS A&M 32-10.

No. 14 North Carolina (minus 31/2) at Georgia Tech: Tar Heels averaging 292 yards rushing . . . NORTH CAROLINA 24-23.

No. 16 Wisconsin (minus 101/2) at Purdue: Badgers' Brent Moss is nation's No. 2 rusher . . . WISCONSIN 28-10.

No. 21 California (minus 31/2) at Washington St.: Bears haven't won at Pullman since 1979 . . . WASHINGTON ST. 27-24.

Southern Mississippi (plus 19) at No. 23 Louisville: Cardinals rebound from loss to West Virginia . . . LOUISVILLE 45-14.

No. 24 Syracuse (minus 22) at Pittsburgh: Panthers have lost last four by average of 50-14 . . . SYRACUSE 50-14.

Last week: 13-3 (straight); 7-9 (spread).

Season: 93-19 (straight); 52-43 (spread).