Would Florida State's uniforms get as much praise if the original school colors were still in tact?
Purple and Gold? Imagine being the Student Government member trying to organize a "purple-out" for the Homecoming game. Thankfully, FSU adopted the Garnet and Gold and have looked good winning in it.
But the first FSU football team, as early as 1899, wore purple and gold, and even won football championships in 1902, 1903, and 1905 in those uniforms.
In 1905, the university became the Florida State College for Women. Males were forced to go to Gainesville for college, beginning the University of Florida football program.
The student body for the FSCW chose crimson as their school color in 1905 and the administration blended the crimson with the purple of the former football team to create...garnet.
Thus, the tradition of Garnet and Gold was born at what would eventually become the Florida State football team 42 years later.
Source: Wikipedia—Florida State Unversity