College team colors cover the spectrum from white to black and red to blue, with some of the most popular being those incorporating state colors or colors named for states and even forming team nicknames. Everybody knows the colors for Alabama's Crimson Tide — crimson and white — mere shades away from Alabama's state colors of red and white. North Carolina teams have had the color dubbed Carolina blue on white since the 19th century.
Other well-known and well-liked colors include those of the University of California, blue and gold, representing the sky and the gold found in the Golden State. Different campuses use different hues to stand out, including Berkeley blue and gold for the UCB campus, and hero blue and gold for UCLA. Across town in Los Angeles, UCLA rivals USC, sporting the highly popular cardinal red and gold.
Louisiana State University's festive purple and gold began with its first major sporting event. Originally sporting blue and white, with grey uniforms, players and coaches wanted the team to stand out in their game against Tulane. Looking for fabric to liven up the uniforms, the team bought from a fabric store that had two of three Mardi Gras colors in stock — the store had not yet received their green, and the colors were so popular they remained.