Sticking with the team colors theme of the last couple of posts, I decided to take a look at the colors of college teams. I promise, up next will be something about logos, uniforms, team names, courts/fields, etc.
I went about these a little differently than I did the pro teams. First, I’m only looking at the 6 BCS conferences here (you’ll notice they’re next year’s alignment), and only the teams with football. I threw in Notre Dame, too, since they’re BCS-level despite their refusal to join a conference in football. Second, unlike pro teams, most college teams can be identified by one color, so that’s how I’ve approached this infographic. The only tough ones were schools that use blue and yellow/gold, blue and red, and those that seem to use black as a primary. So please forgive me if I’ve offended your school.
I started this in hopes of finding some interesting regional color trends, but all that resulted is what I hope is an interesting snapshot of team colors in major college sports. Some things that did jump out:
- The SEC = red/maroon and orange country. Not much variety there in team colors (or team names for that matter — 2 Tigers and 2 Bulldogs).
- The SEC isn’t the only region using those colors, though. Over 50% of the country is red, maroon, or orange.
- There is WAY more maroon in college sports than the pros. Only one team between the NFL, NBA, and MLB uses a true maroon.
- The Pac 12 is the most diverse conference by color. 9 of the 11 color categories established are present in their 12 teams.
- North Carolina is the only BCS team with its own color category.
What else do you guys see?