The Big Ten released its 2018 and 2019 conference schedules yesterday. For those Michigan fans who love as tough of a schedule as possible, you should be happy when 2018 rolls around.
With the Big Ten moving to 9-game conference schedules, that means they will play 3 cross-division opponents. Michigan will play the projected top 3 teams from the West division (Nebraska, Northwestern, and Wisconsin) in addition to all 6 intra-division rivals.
Also scheduled for 2018 and 2019 is a home and home series with Arkansas, which should be a top 25 program again under Brett Bielema's control.
If Michigan has aspirations of national championships, 2018 will be a full slate of top 25 match ups to earn a spot in the 4-team playoff. The 2019 schedule isn't quite as daunting, having Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois as cross-division opponents. Traveling to SEC territory to play Arkansas will be fun to watch as a fan though.
The other 2 non-conference games for both 2018 and 2019 haven't been decided yet, but I would imagine they would be "cupcakes" to offset the 10 solid teams already on schedule.
Update: Michigan has announced they will play in a home-and-home series with UCLA in 2022-23 as well. This will give California recruits another opportunity to see the Wolverines program on the West coast for a change.