‘Survivor: South Pacific’ Power Rankings – Week 8

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 3 points and Gordon will receive 6 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: For the third straight week, Andrea has picked it perfectly. Fortunately, Gordon got it right this week too. Both players had Keith getting the boot and Ozzy winning at Redemption Island. The current score is now Team Boehlke 100, Team Holmes 101.

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: 100

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. Current Score: 101

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#1 Sophie: First of all, anyone supporting a fierce braidy-braid like Sophie did last episode is bound to do well. Sophierce has found herself in a really good place. Her tribe has the numbers, they got Cochran to flip and spill the “already loose” beans and she isn’t as big a target as Albert and Coach. Sophie is totally taking this game, braidy-braid and all. . #1 Sophie: Team So-Co-Bert (I’m not as good at the nicknames as Boehlke) is officially running the show. However, Sophie seems to be in the best spot right now in case someone gets a case of backstab-itis. Coach is a returning player and a leader and Albert’s a challenge machine. Sophie has a fair share in all the maneuvers without having to assume a target.
#2 Brandon: Okay, now I’m confused. Is he a creeper or an ultimate sweetheart-protector? Can someone be both? Beats me, but I thought Brandon reaching out to Cochran at Tribal Council was touching. Maybe that is the hopeless romantic in me—ohhhh that’s right, he’s married. Yep, not going there.  Needless to say, Brandon is loyal to his alliance and less of a target than the other Upolu dudes. . #2 Edna: You’re not seeing things. Edna really is this high in my bracket. Why? Because she just squeaked into the merge and is now super safe. What possible reason would someone have for targeting her now? Because she’s Coach’s buddy? Just go for Coach.
#3 Coach: I know that this is the time I am probably supposed to drop Coach in the rankings. These people DID see my season and saw Rob coast to the end and make us all look like sillies. However, I do think Coach had spoken the truth when he said his B.R.A.C.E.S. weren’t budging— and now he has Cochran on his side. Unless Sophie and Albert do something anti-Upolu (which I don’t think they will…yet) he is safe. . #3 Rick: If they ever decide to do a “Heroes vs. Villains vs. Mimes” season, Rick is a first-round pick. Also, he’s uber safe this week.
albert . BRANDON
#4 Albert: Albert is another one of my favorites—he is smart and savvy much like Sophie, just lacking the braidy-braid. My biggest fear is that he will ride the Upolu wave just a little too long and be voted out much like Grant in my season, but I have a hunch Albert’s not going to let that happen. He better not, his pictures are the best thing to happen to Gordon Holmes’s Power Rankings and are quite the hit with our lady readers. . #4 Brandon: I’m not going to lie, it was kinda endearing to see Brandon stand up for Cochran last week. I assume Mikayla was somewhere throwing things at her TV set. Either way, there are too many Savaiians to eliminate for Brandon to be in any real trouble this week.
RICK . albert
#5 Rick: Ohhhh Rick. I often try to figure out what is going on in Rick’s head. I usually fail. I can tell you that he was shocked that his name came up last Tribal Council, but that’s about it. He will be safe as a loyal martyr but I really wonder if he is ever going to take the game into his own hands. . #5 Albert: I’m willing to bet that everybody in Upolu is safe for the time being. Will they go the distance and bump all of Savaii in a Zapateran rerun? Possibly. But “Boston” Rob’s dominance has to be fresh in the minds of the people on the lower half (Rick, Brandon, and Edna). If they are able to swing the numbers, Coach will go first and Albert will go shortly after.
#6 Edna: Coach said it himself, the B.R.A.C.E.S. aren’t budging. (I would hope not, B.R.A.C.E.S. weren’t meant to budge. Painful.) When it gets down to six Edna may have some trouble because she wasn’t a part of the original Upolu 5 and someone (man of his word Brandon) will be the first to point that out. . #6 Coach: Right now it looks like Coach, Albert, and Sophie have made reservations for the final three, but is it possible that Coach is following the “Boston” Rob template of taking a crazy person and a coattail rider to the end? Albert and Sophie wouldn’t fit that description…but Brandon and Edna certainly would.
#7 Whitney: Oh snap. You do not want to come between a girl and her man! Whitney and the rest of Savaii have some major work to do now that they were betrayed by Cochran. She won’t be an immediate target on Savaii but she needs to weasel her way in somewhere stat. . #7 Dawn: As a member of the tribe that was just stabbed in the back, you’d think Dawn would be in serious trouble. I don’t buy it. Dawn’s liked, Dawn can blend. If she can find a crack in Upolu she can make a move. I won’t count her out until she drops a challenge at Redemption Island.
#8 Dawn: Mama Meehan is really likable and proved to be awesome at challenges. That’s….not good right now. I don’t think she will be targeted before Ozzy or Jim, but let’s not forget she is on the sinking ship of Savaii. Basically, Dawn is too awesome to keep around. . #8 Cochran: Repeat after me; a flipper is never safe. No matter what Cochran does for the rest of the game, someone will be able to say, “Savaii trusted him, and look what happened to them.” I’m not willing to write off Cochran’s move as a complete mistake, but it will be an uphill battle from here on out.
#9 Jim: Even though I feel Cochran’s move was best for Cochran, I definitely felt bad for Jim. He saved Cochran several times, put effort into keeping the Savaiins together, was ready to pick a rock, and got royally screwed over by the Cowardly Cochran.  If Ozzy wins immunity, Jim could very well be targeted as a physical and strategic threat. However, of anyone on Savaii, Jim has the best chance of stirring things up. Stir, Jim, stir! . #9 Whitney: It looks like Whitney will take the decision to boot Keith personally. (Cue: “Stand By Your Man”) That is the worst way to play Cochran’s flip. As the least threatening member of the remnants of Savaii, she still has a little room to maneuver. That all goes away if she mouths off and puts a target on her back. She could be reunited with her BF pretty quickly.
#10. Cochran: Welcome to the dramatic life of a flipster. I think Cochran’s best move was to flip given the circumstances (he hates his tribe and he doesn’t particularly fancy death by rock), but these next few episodes will show if his move paid off. In the previews it shows Jim gunning for Cochran. Could there be a huge mash up from both sides? Either he made a great move that takes him farther in the game or next episode will be the sequel to “How to Lose a Cochran in 3 Days.” Whitney will be playing the part of Kate Hudson. . #10 Ozzy: Does anybody have more backstabbing scars in “Survivor” history than Ozzy? Seriously, he should have a punch card and get a free sandwich with every tenth backstabbing. Anywho, I decided to have him over Jim for two reasons; Ozzy’s more likely to win individual immunity and previews show Jim having a meltdown back at camp.
#11. Ozzy: Things are not looking swell for Ozzy. He is now idol-less, on a tribe down in numbers, and probably dropped from his Off-Broadway contract. If Ozzy doesn’t win immunity, you would have to be pretty foolish to keep such a challenge threat in the game. . #11 Jim: I don’t know poker well enough to make an analogy comparing Cochran’s betrayal to getting the wrong cards on the flop or whatever, but the fact remains that this hand isn’t over until you’re forced to burn your buff at Redemption Island. Jim blowing up after Tribal isn’t going to do him any favors. Hopefully Jim can find a new angle and rebound.
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