Ed Orgeron is all but guaranteed to be offered the vacant LSU head coaching position if he beats Alabama this Saturday night. A loss, however, would mean that the Tigers administration may look elsewhere for Les Miles’ long-term replacement.

Just in case LSU fails to knock off No. 1 Alabama — which would tack on to its current five-game losing streak versus the Crimson Tide — SB Nation senior writer Steven Godfrey reported Wednesday that athletic director Joe Alleva has a short list of four candidates outside of Orgeron.

According to the report, here’s who appears on the list as top targets for LSU “influencers”:

1. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State HC
2. Tom Herman, Houston HC
3. Jim Mora, UCLA HC
4. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia HC

Godfrey also points out that though Mora and Holgorsen are included, neither are first choices, and if LSU was to swing and miss with both Fisher and Herman, it could still look elsewhere for a “a candidate who is young and offense-minded.”

FootballScoop.com confirmed Godfrey’s report and added to it:

Everything that we have heard at FootballScoop is that if Orgeron beats Alabama this weekend, the job is his. If he ultimately does not end up with the job, it is our belief, based on information from several sources, that there are other candidates beyond the aforementioned list that LSU is considering. We’ll update more following the Alabama game.

If LSU was forced to choose a new head coach today, it would be very happy with keeping Orgeron. But there’s just too much left to be determined before a final decision can be made.