Formidable road lineup for Huskers in 2018

Michigan’s four-year absence from the Nebraska schedule, beginning next season, will end in 2018 as the Huskers open Big Ten play at the Big House on Sept. 22 of that year.

And then the Wolverines disappear again for the Huskers.

The 2018 and 2019 league schedules, released on Wednesday by the conference, show that Nebraska and Michigan -- which played as Legends Division opponents in 2011 and 2012 and will meet again this season on Nov. 9 in Ann Arbor -- are set to play just once in a six-season stretch from 2014 to 2019.

Meanwhile, after breaking from Ohio State for three years, the Huskers get the Buckeyes every season from 2016 to 2019.

The nine-game conference schedule, which begins in 2016, contributes to the creation of such oddities. The Big Ten’s current Legends and Leaders setup will shift to East and West divisions next season as Rutgers and Maryland join the league, pushing its membership to 14 programs.

In 2018, the Huskers are set to face a formidable Big Ten road lineup of Michigan, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Iowa. Nebraska gets Big Ten home games that season with Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan State. One nonconference slot remains unfilled for 2018, with home games set against Colorado and Troy.

In 2019, the Huskers will face Ohio State in Lincoln, plus Northwestern, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa at home. They travel to Illinois (for the Big Ten opener), Minnesota, Purdue and Maryland, marking Nebraska’s first visit to the College Park campus. The nonconference lineup is complete for 2019, with South Alabama and Northern Illinois at Memorial Stadium, sandwiched around a trip to Colorado.