‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Power Rankings – Week 7

The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Coach is voted out this week, Andrea will receive 2 points and Gordon will receive 10 points. Also, each player will pick who they think will win at Redemption Island. If they choose correctly they will receive a bonus point. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: South Pacific” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Andrea Boehlke pitched back-to-back perfect games! She had Ozzy in spot twelve and Christine winning at Redemption for a total of thirteen points. Gordon had Ozzy in eleven and missed the Redemption Island extra point. The current score is Team Boehlke 88, Team Holmes 89.

Wanna Play? Tag Gordon (@gordonholmes) in your own Twitter Power Rankings. If you do better than Gordon does, (which is highly likely) he’ll give you credit in his weekly recap.

teamboehlke . TEAMHOLMES
Current Score: 88

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. Current Score: 89

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#1 Sophie: Finally folks, it is time for the mergey-merge! And I thought last week was rough. Now what do I do? Well, I don’t start out with Alpha Males and I don’t start out with Savaii peeps.  Sophie is smart and savvy enough to realize where the numbers are. I also love how real Sophie is: she notices if you’re being sketchy about praying and she only laughs if she finds the movie funny. (Future Sophie suitors, take note!) . #1 Sophie: Yikes, making picks the week of the merge is the worst. Especially if you aren’t sure a merge is coming. The best bet is to put people who are safe either way higher in the listing. Sophie is a perfect example of this. Without a merge, they’ll probably axe someone like Edna. With a merge, challenge threats like Albert and leaders like Coach are in trouble.
#2 Coach: In theory, Coach should be a target heading into merge-town. However, Coach has his tribe intact, he has an idol, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Ometep—oh, I mean Upolu Pagongs Savaii. . #2 Brandon: Brandon’s another one that falls in the same category as Sophie. If there’s no merge, he’s safe as he is Coach’s right hand, and if there is a merge, he won’t be an obvious target for the Savaiians.
#3 Dawn: Personally, I think that Savaii is screwed. They don’t have the unity of Upolu or the CRABS; they don’t even have an alliance name for goodness sake! However, of anyone on Savaii, Dawn is less of an immediate merge target: she isn’t an Alpha Male or a girlfriend of an Alpha Male. Mama is safe for a few rounds. . #3 Rick: OK, the more I think about these rankings the more of a headache I’m getting. If there’s a merge, either Ozzy or Christine are coming back and making a beeline for Savaii, thus making the numbers even. Add to that the fact that both teams have an immunity idol. I have no idea what’s going to happen. However, I doubt Rick will be a target either way.
albert . WHITNEY
#4 Albert: Alpha Male, Yes. (Apparently I love saying Alpha Male.) However, when it comes down to Upolu vs. Savaii, C.R.A.B.S. vs NoName, I can’t see Albert’s alliance turning on him right now. . #4 Whitney: Under-the-radar, riding coattails, “Survivor” ninja…whatever you want to call it, Whitney is doing it. Her worst-case scenario right now is Upolu aims for her for fear of a more obvious target playing an idol.
#5 Rick: Rick is not just any Mustache. He is a loyal Mustache. Since Rick is loyal to his tribe and Coach, he will probably go pretty far. And then be blindsided silently. . #5 Edna: Alright, we’re getting down to the people who are in big trouble depending on if we hit mergeville or not. If there’s no merge and Upolu loses immunity, Edna is going home. Coach simply can’t afford to raise any doubt amongst his C.R.A.B.S. alliance.
#6 Brandon: So we have established that he looks pretty darn good in a bra and likes to have outbursts at Tribal Council. Normally this is recipe for pre-merge oustings, but once you make the merge, isn’t this possibly a guy you want to sit next to in the end? I think Coach sees Brandon as someone who he can use for votes, since Brandon has pledged his loyalty and honestly and what have you. . #6 Dawn: Why’s Dawn this low? Don’t we love her on the XFINITY TV Power Rankings? Yes we do, but say there’s no merge and Cochran is still holding the immunity idol. Jim, Whitney, and Keith won’t turn on each other while Dawn’s still around.
#7 Cochran: Cochran was really good at being on the chopping block and finding a way to come back to camp each night. Now that he has the idol and it’s merge time, the world is his oyster. These next few episodes are critical to how Cochran’s end game plays out. He could be loyal, flip, flop, swap, betray, stay. Exciting but scary stuff. . #7 Cochran: What can I say about Cochran? He went from being next to go to Redemption Island to being handed an immunity idol. The kid’s bulletproof! However, he may have the most question marks surrounding him this week. If there’s no merge and Savaii loses immunity, he’d better play that idol and hope to jump to Upolu after a merge. And what if Ozzy returns and asks for his idol back?
EDNA . albert
#8 Edna: I don’t think Edna will be a target this episode, but since she is someone who knows her placement in her tribe, she may try to mix things up or flip. In doing so, she could be seen as a flipper and put a target on her back. . #8 Albert: Tribe swaps and merges are never good for challenge threats, and Albert is definitely the biggest challenge threat on Upolu. I’d hate to see him go, but out of everyone left in the game, I’d bet he has the best chance to Redemption Island his way back into the game.
#9 Whitney: I don’t think Whitney herself is a huge merge target, but everyone and their mom’s cat’s cousins can see that her and Keith have a strong love bond. Couples tend to get targeted these days on” Survivor,” so Whitney’s days may be numbered. . #9 Jim: If Jim’s following all the angles, he has to be a little worried that Ozzy might come back into this game and jump to Upolu. Why wouldn’t he? Ozzy has already been stabbed in the back by his Savaii tribemates. And, why wouldn’t Upolu take him in? He was voted out by Savaii. And who’d ever believe that Ozzy asked to be sent to Redemption Island?
#10. Jim: Jim took a pretty drastic drop. Why? Well, in mergey-merge land, he is a target for being an Alpha Male, will probably be seen as smart and strategic, and he is on Savaii. Wah wah. . #10 Coach: As the obvious leader over at Upolu and a returning player, there’s gotta be a big target on the Dragon Slayer’s back. I think his alliance will stay loyal for a while, but it looks like this episode might come down to which tribe can give the idol to the right person on their team.
#11. Keith: Keith is normally awesome but now has three things going against him. He is an individual immunity threat. He is on Savaii which seems to be less intact than Upolu. He has an island girlfriend. Three strikes you’re out…to Redemption. . #11 Keith: Jim hinted that Keith is basically Savaii’s version of Albert, and I think he’s right. The reason Keith gets the bottom spot this week is because I think Upolu is tighter than Savaii. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Upolu could pull Ozzy, Cochran, or even Christine onto their side.
Redemption Island Pick – Ozzy: Unfortunately, all good Elrods must come to an end. Would it be awesome if Christine pulled it off? YES. Will she? Ehhhhh I’m thinking this is the last we see of Christine “legitimate force” Shields. . Redemption Island Pick – Ozzy: Basically this comes down to Christine’s impressive streak vs. Ozzy’s challenge prowess legacy. My gut tells me that Ozzy can do it. If he doesn’t, last week will go down as the dumbest move in “Survivor” history. Erik Reichenbach (“Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites”) will be giddy.
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